Polestar has sneakily unveiled the new Polestar 5 liftback at its inaugural Polestar Day in Los Angeles this week.

    Shown alongside other future models – including the Polestar 3, Polestar 4 and Polestar 6 – the Polestar 5 features an angular rear end with fang-like LED tail lights and no conventional rear window like the Polestar 4. The design was previewed by the Precept design study, which was revealed in 2020.

    While official details about the new model weren’t released at Polestar Day, the company has boasted it packs a whopping 650kW of power and 900Nm of torque from its dual-motor electric powertrain, up 90kW on even the most powerful Porsche Taycan.

    Like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, the Polestar 5 will feature an 800V architecture designed to allow for lightning quick charge times plugged into a DC ultra-rapid plug.

    Due to hit roads around the world in 2024, Polestar has previously said the 5 will offer “class-leading dynamics, rigidity and safety features” thanks to its bonded aluminium chassis.

    Under the skin is a new bonded aluminium chassis Polestar says will be more rigid than current two-door sports cars or supercars. Although it’s strong, the brand claims its body-in-white will weigh less than that of vehicles in smaller segments.

    Like other Polestar vehicles, the 5 will be made in China and sold throughout the world.

    The company also announced at its convention that it is working with battery specialist StoreDot to bring extreme fast charging (XFC) technology to market, which will see 100 miles (160km) of range replenished in just five minutes.

    Polestar says it plans to use a 5 prototype to demonstrate StoreDot’s XFC technology “at full scale” next year.

    XFC tech is claimed to be able to be “integrated into battery pack formats that are already available, and does not need to rely on a battery pack design revolution”.

    StoreDot was founded in 2012 and has partnered with numerous automotive brands including Polestar, Volvo, Daimler and Vinfast. It has created over 100 technology patents focusing on core cell technology, battery processing and applications, as well as ecosystem enablement.

    Following its ‘100 in 5’ Range on Demand technology to be previewed with Polestar next year, the company is working on having battery tech capable of regaining 100 miles in 3 minutes on the market in 2028, and 100 in 2 minutes in 2032.

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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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