The Polestar 3 SUV will pack a Tesla-rivalling punch when it debuts on October 13.

    The large electric SUV will produce 380kW of power and 910Nm of torque with the optional Performance Pack; a similar power output to the Porsche Taycan 4S (390kW on overboost), and a similar torque output to the Taycan Turbo (850Nm on overboost).

    At launch, the Polestar 3 will only be offered in dual-motor all-wheel drive guise. Polestar says it’s rear-biased, with a torque vectoring system on the rear axle thanks to a dual-clutch system within the electric motor.

    The car will ride on a dual-chamber air suspension and adaptive dampers as standard. The dampers are capable of adjusting their behaviour every two milliseconds, and drivers will be able to manually choose between comfort or firm settings.

    Under the skin, the Polestar 3 will be built on a version of the new electric architecture set to underpin the upcoming Volvo EX90 SUV.

    The large SUV will go head-to-head with the BMW iX and Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV when it launches, and is set to spearhead the Polestar brand’s charge in the USA.  It’ll be made in China and the USA, with production to kick off early in 2023.

    Polestar is targeting more than 600km of range on the WLTP test cycle from its dual-motor powertrain; the longest-range iX will do up to 620km.

    The brand has confirmed it’ll feature a LiDAR sensor and NVIDIA processing to offer semi-autonomous highway driving.

    Australia is considered an important launch market for Polestar, and we fully expect the 3 to be produced for our market in right-hand drive.

    Polestar has bold expansion plans. It wants to launch a new every year between now and 2024, and will expand into 30 markets by 2030. It also intends to grow its sales from 29,000 per year to 290,000 per year by 2025.

    Beyond the Polestar 2 sedan and Polestar 3 SUV, the company has the 2024 Polestar 5, a premium GT inspired by the 2020 Precept concept.

    Polestar is a Sweden-based joint venture company run by Volvo and its Chinese parent Geely Holding, and earlier this year was listed on the NASDAQ after a SPAC IPO.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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