The Polestar 3 battery-electric SUV, sharing a platform with the Volvo EV90, is scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2024 with a starting price of $85,300.
The Polestar 4 crossover will follow later this year offering a unique bodystyle, with prices slated to start around the $60,000 mark.
The two models will give the marque, which to date has relied on the Polestar 2 sedan for most of its sales, a fuller lineup just as competition heats up in these segments.
Polestar has been busy filling out its lineup in rapid-fire fashion, even though the only model you've probably seen on the road is the Polestar 2 sedan, which has been on sale for a couple of years now.
The electric four-door is about to get plenty of company later this year with the arrival of the Polestar 3 and Polestar 4. This will be the most important year for Polestar launches in the US to date, and perhaps the most important one for the EV maker this decade, as these will land in the all-important SUV and crossover segments that have largely upstaged electric sedans.
What should we expect from both?
The Polestar 3, which was originally slated to arrive in late 2023, will be nothing short of the brand's electric flagship, sharing a platform with the Volvo EX90. It will be the tech-filled (but still strictly two-row) model positioned as the family truckster in Polestar's growing range, with a starting price to match.
Powered by a 111-kWh battery pack, the Polestar 3 will produce 489 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque, while also offering 300 miles of EPA estimated range. If 489 hp isn't enough, an optional Performance Pack will dial up output to 517 hp and 671 lb-ft. But there will be a range penalty for that, as you'd expect, but not a deal-breaker by any means: You'll be limited to 270 angrier miles, and 0-to-60 launches in 4.6 seconds in quickest form.
Brembo's four-piston, 400-mm ventilated discs up front and 390-mm ventilated discs in the back will work to slow down the 5696-pound SUV, and a suite of driver-assistance systems will provide a helping hand, while also keeping an eye on the driver.
With a starting price of $85,300, the Polestar 3 will certainly be the brand's tech and luxury flagship, though it remains to be be seen how it will differentiate itself in the EV sphere from its Volvo sibling.
The Polestar 4, due stateside in the second half of the year, will not be confused for a Volvo model from afar. That's because the midsize crossover will feature a fairly unique profile, and no matter how long you click through the options list you won't be able to add a rear window. But the roof will certainly be all glass.
"The rear-view mirror is replaced by a high-definition screen that shows a real-time feed from a roof-mounted rear camera—enabling a far wider field of view than what can be experienced in most modern cars," the company explains.
Revealed at the 2023 Shanghai Auto Show, the Polestar 4 will share a platform with the Lotus Eletre instead of a Volvo model.
Set to be offered in single- and dual-motor flavors, unlike the solely dual-motor Polestar 3, the cuatro will be powered by a still-hefty 102-kWh battery. The single-motor RWD version will produce 272 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque while offering 372 miles in the WLTP cycle (EPA figures aren't available yet).
The dual-motor version will crank up performance with 544 hp and 506 lb-ft of torque. This version is currently rated at 348 miles in the WLTP cycle, but we wouldn't get too attached to these numbers, as we'll learn the EPA figures in a few months.
The Polestar 4 is currently going on sale in Europe and Australia, and in the former region it starts at 63,200 euros, with a general range of $60,000 having been suggested in the past as its US starting price. The model's actual price will be revealed closer to the start of sales this summer.
The rakish crossover will play the role of the sporty model that won't be too obsessed with cargo space. That's because the rear cargo area will open—more like a sedan actually, even though you'll still be able to fold the rear seats down to buy some space for longer items.
And it's perhaps the model that will draw comparisons to the aging Tesla Model Y.
Polestar's innovative crossover will feature plenty of driver-assist tech with no fewer than a dozen exterior cameras and a dozen ultrasonic sensors, in addition to a single radar, with the brand's Pilot Assist semi-autonomous system offering SAE Level 2 driving flexibility.
"The introduction of Polestar 4 into all our markets through the course of 2024 is key to our success, adding this third model to our line-up. Polestar 4 tackles the premium performance class in the D-SUV segment," said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath.
It remains to be seen what kind of audience the Polestar 4 will find early on, but it's clear the Polestar 3 will land in a much busier segment that's now seen quite a few entries from Team Germany, and will see a few more in the next two years.
Which one of these models do you think will become more popular in Polestar's lineup over time? Let us know what you think.