Polestar started as a racing team that transformed into a performance tuning division for Volvo before becoming its own brand in 2017. The imminent release of its first EV SUV: the Polestar 3. So when the car recently arrived in New York City. Its North American debut, we couldn’t pass up the chance to check it out, as it’s arguably the most beautiful new SUV in 2023.
The Polestar 3 is built on the same platform as the Volvo EX90, but the company has made some significant changes to ensure that there is no confusion between the two. Instead of three rows of seats, the Polestar 3 seats a maximum of two, with slightly less space in the rear in favor of a more roomy cabin. So despite the relatively low roofline, the combination of a glass roofline, long wheelbase and rear seats that recline a bit more than normal gave me and my six-foot frame a comfortable seating position with plenty of legroom. The rear seats also had some cushion, which may be a bit unnecessary, but really adds to the premium lounge feel the Polestar is going for.
Meanwhile, the front of the Polestar 3 sports a more enclosed cockpit-style layout mixed with Scandinavian minimalism. There’s a large armrest and an extended console with a built-in wireless charger. For infotainment, Polestar continues to use a system based on Android Automotive, centered around a large 14.5-inch touchscreen with Google Maps as your default navigation system and a very familiar touch-based user interface. As is the case with many modern cars, everything from climate control to music is controlled on the display, with the only physical controls being a large button on the console for volume/play/pause, plus a few extra touches on the steering wheel With points…
On the outside, the Polestar has a more aggressive design than the EX90, thanks to twin fins (one on the bonnet and one above the rear window), a front splitter, larger wheels (21 or 22 inches depending on specification) and a A new two-blade version of the company’s signature Thor’s Hammer headlights. I know not everyone will agree, but I think the Polestar 3 looks fantastic. It has enough futuristic sci-fi design elements without going overboard like Tesla’s Cybertruck.
Polestar also has the technology to back up its sci-fi looks. In addition to things like automatic lane keeping and blind spot detection, it includes a number of monitoring components including 12 ultrasonic sensors, five external radars, five cameras, two driver monitoring sensors and four internal radars scattered around the car. The main advantage of these new sensors is that along with the EX90, the Polestar 3 will be one of the first cars to offer a built-in passenger sensing system as standard.
This means that if a child or pet is left in the back seat (or trunk), the car will warn the driver, prevent the car from locking up, and continue to maintain a safe environment until a manual Override is not given. The goal is to protect car occupants from overheating, which is unfortunately a highly preventable cause of death that has occurred in over 900 children in the US since 1998.
Another interesting feature is the Polestar 3’s headlights, which have a 1.3-megapixel DLP sensor that helps the car focus more smoothly and adjust the beam to suit driving conditions. And while it wasn’t on the model we saw, Polestar says the 3 will also feature a LiDAR sensor from Luminar and an optional Pilot Pack with an NVIDIA Drive Orin chip, which should allow for some level of autonomous or semi-autonomous driving capability. will provide. will support.
Gallery: Polestar 3 hands-on photos , 13 photos
Gallery: Polestar 3 hands-on photos , 13 photos
Finally, as part of the company’s commitment to producing a completely carbon neutral car by 2030, the 3 also includes a number of sustainability features, including panels and trim made from flax fiber, made from pine oil-based vinyl” Microtek” upholstery (instead of petroleum) and floor mats made from recycled PET bottles.
That said, perhaps my favorite thing about the Polestar 3 is that the automaker has integrated the vehicle’s design, technology and durability into one cohesive package. Small elements, like labeling the Polestar 3’s battery size on the outside of the car, right next to the name, add a sense of transparency to the build. As a part-time design nerd, little labels everywhere are a typographer’s dream. Not only that, Polestar also uses blockchain technology to trace the origin of the components that go into car batteries, ensuring they come from conflict-free regions. And when you combine all of this with the sleek design, you get a really compelling picture of where the EV market is headed.
However, I still have two major concerns about the Polestar 3: pricing and energy efficiency. With the standard two-motor long-haul model starting at $83,900 or $89,900 for the Performance Pack model, this is clearly not an EV for the masses. And with luxury electric SUVs like the BMW iX and others hitting the road, the Polestar is entering an increasingly competitive market.
Additionally, despite costing $30,000 more than the Tesla Model Y and a larger 111kWh battery (versus just 75kWh for the Tesla), the Polestar 3 currently has a range of about 300 miles compared to 330 for the Model Y. And this is a similar situation. As for the Polestar’s 250kW DC charging, that’s not as fast as what you’ll get from a similar but cheaper rival like the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Of course, Polestar hasn’t received its final official range figures from the EPA yet, but according to the numbers we have so far, the battery and charging technology aren’t quite as impressive as you might expect. Still, the Polestar 3 looks great and hopefully we’ll know more later this year when the car actually goes on sale in Q4.
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