The new Polestar 3 is here, but don’t just open your chequebooks just yet. Because it’s not for sale at the moment.
Polestar Singapore has just given us a sneak peek into the future, and it’s coming in the form of the Polestar 3 SUV.
Now, this isn’t just any run-of-the-mill SUV; it’s Polestar’s very first foray into the realm of high-performance luxury SUVs. I had my first glimpse of this back at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed, and here’s the exciting part – you can now feast your eyes on the show car right at the Polestar Space in Singapore, nestled comfortably at 45 Leng Kee Road.
First things first, let’s talk dimensions. The Polestar 3 is no shrinking violet; it measures a robust 4,900mm in length and sprawls out to 2,120mm in width, which puts it squarely in the same league as the BMW X5 and the Porsche Cayenne.
But here’s where things get interesting – it stands at a mere 1,627mm in height, and that sharply raked roofline adds a touch of aggression to its stance. If you opt for the Performance Pack model, you’ll be rolling on those imposing 22-inch rims that only amplify its presence.
Polestar has left no stone unturned in ensuring that this SUV slices through the air like a stealthy ninja. With a drag coefficient of just Cd 0.29, the Polestar 3 is as slippery as it gets. You can thank the clever aerodynamic elements on the front fascia, the flush door handles, the tailgate spoiler, and the rear bumper mouldings for that impressive figure.
Inside, it’s the epitome of Scandi-cool minimalism, a trademark of the brand. Say goodbye to clutter; this interior is all about clean lines and serene surfaces. Up top on the steering column sits a 9-inch digital cluster, while the centrepiece of the dash is a striking 14.5-inch portrait-oriented infotainment screen, powered by none other than Google Android and NVIDIA processors.
There’s no gear selector on the centre console. Polestar decided to mount it on the steering column. And much like the Polestar 2, there’s no need for a start button either. The cabin exudes a sense of zen-like calm, with minimal physical buttons – even the wing mirror controls are conspicuously absent.
But it’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about sustainability too. The Polestar 3 pampers you with sustainably sourced Nappa leather or 100% traced wool and recycled fabrics. And if you’re an audiophile, you’re in for a treat because you can opt for a 25-speaker Bowers & Wilkins 1,610W sound system. Trust me; your ears will thank you.
When the Polestar 3 finally hits the streets, it’ll be available with a Long Range Dual Motor powertrain in two different flavours. Both will come with a 111kWh battery pack (with 107kWh of usable energy), capable of sipping power at rates of up to 250kW under DC charging or 11kW under AC charging.
The standard LRDM model packs a punch with 489bhp and 840Nm of torque. It’ll rock the century sprint in just 5 seconds and max out at 210km/h. Throw in the Performance Pack, and this beast churns out 517bhp (that’s 380kW, folks) and a colossal 910Nm of torque. 0-100km/h? Just 4.7 seconds. And yes, the top speed remains an exhilarating 210km/h.
But there’s more to the Performance Pack than just raw power; it’s got the hardware to match. Think of a meticulously retuned chassis by Polestar Engineering, those striking 22-inch forged rims, grippy Pirelli P-Zero tires, and those golden accents sprinkled tastefully throughout the vehicle. It’s a performance EV enthusiast’s dream come true.
Now, here’s the scoop on the production timeline. Since its global debut in 2022, the Polestar 3 has faced its fair share of challenges, mostly stemming from software development and testing hurdles. But fret not; production is finally on the horizon, slated for Q1 to Q2 in 2024.
So, for all you Singaporeans out there eagerly awaiting this automotive masterpiece, mark your calendars for H2 in 2024. The estimated starting price? S$350,000, and that’s before you factor in COE.
Photo Credits: Sean Loo (@auto.driven)