Polestar’s creation as a standalone brand back in 2017 came well ahead of any products, but the Volvo EV subsidiary is now trying to catch up with an aggressive schedule that aims to introduce a new model each year. So after the Polestar 1 PHEV coupe and the Polestar 2 EV crossover, we will be seeing the Polestar 3 next year.
While Polestar has only released a few details of the forthcoming electric SUV, and a single teaser image of it beneath a sheet, we are able to add some more details following a conversation with company CEO Thomas Ingenlath at last week’s Munich auto show.
Firstly, to no great surprise given the low roofline evident in the official picture, Ingenlath confirmed the Polestar 3 will only have two rows of seats.
“I have nothing against three-rows per se,” he said, “but the second we did do that you guys would be asking what was the differentiation to to the XC90. . .Having two rows gives the opportunity to give the car that aerodynamic roofline, it gives the chance to emphasize the space between the first and second rows, which really gives the second row a luxurious feeling.”
The Polestar 3 will be built in the U.S, in the South Carolina plant that is building the Volvo S60 and will also make the next-generation XC90. Ingenlath promises the new car will be offered with a powertrain giving “a top power position that is unique to Polestar,” and therefore beyond EV versions of the XC90. But he also confirmed in Munich that, as with the Polestar 2, the plan is to offer both single-motor and dual-motor versions. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.