Should Tesla be reading this, too?
As one of a handful of carmakers that exclusively makes battery-electric automobiles, Polestar is in a very unique position. It has a very close relationship with Volvo but the two cater to different buyers. Volvo is for luxury customers while Polestar aims for performance seekers. It also wants to lure away as many Tesla customers as possible. At present, the Polestar 2, a Model 3 fighter, is the Swedish-Chinese company's sole mainstream vehicle but this will soon change once the Polestar 3 arrives.
Aimed at both Model X and Model Y shoppers, the Polestar 3 will be the brand's first SUV. It won't be a rebadged Volvo XC40 Recharge but rather its own unique thing.
Few details about it have been revealed so far but Car and Driver managed to squeeze more information from Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath earlier this month at the Munich Motor Show. Unlike the Tesla SUVs, the 3 will only be offered with two rows of seats because this layout "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."
Ingenlath didn't appear to rule out entirely a future three-row EV SUV, but those who want one need to be reminded an all-electric Volvo XC90 is coming fairly soon. Another key piece of Polestar 3 information the CEO gave away is that it'll be offered in both single- and dual-motor setups.
The latter will obviously be more powerful, offer quicker acceleration, and the many benefits of AWD, but not everyone desires those things. Ingenlath correctly pointed out that many US customers are perfectly content with a single motor; not everyone has hills and wintry weather to deal with. Rest assured that the new SUV has been designed specifically with American tastes in mind. After all, it will be built in South Carolina at Volvo's production plant where the next-gen XC90 will also be made.
Lastly, anyone hoping to see Polestar return to motorsports should forget about it. It's not happening though Ingenlath mentioned "lower-level collaborations" remain possible. The Polestar 3 should debut fairly soon as sales are due to get underway sometime next year.