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Polestar 5 prototype to debut at 2022 Goodwood

A prototype version of the upcoming Polestar 5 electric liftback will be debuting at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 23.

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Polestar is gearing up to give us a “first glance” at its upcoming Polestar 5 all-electric liftback at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, before it launches in production form in 2024.

Set to debut on June 23, the Swedish-Chinese automaker will show off a prototype version of the Polestar 5 and have it “complete several drives up the hill during the event”.

Accompanying this announcement is a single image showing off a Polestar 5 prototype with black-and-white camouflage covering the entirety of the car.

Despite the camouflage, we already know what the Polestar 5 will look like on the exterior thanks to patent images submitted by Polestar to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

While the overall silhouette and design are retained from the Precept concept which it’s based on, there are some notable changes. These include the lack of rear-hinged rear doors, more visible flush-fitting door handles, and regular mirrors instead of camera pods.

All of these design changes are reflected on this camouflaged prototype as well.

As previously detailed, the Polestar 5 will be built on an aluminium chassis which will apparently be more rigid than current two-door sports cars or supercars, according to Polestar.

The Swedish-Chinese automaker hasn’t revealed details on the four-door grand tourer’s electric powertrain, power and torque outputs, battery size and range.

Polestar has confirmed the limited-edition Polestar 2 BST Edition 270 will also debut at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed. This high-performance Polestar 2 is currently off limits for Australia.

Polestar has previously debuted a number of cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the last few years. These include the Polestar 1 prototype in 2018 and the one-off Experimental Polestar 2 in 2021.

Other vehicles set to be shown off at the 2022 event include the original Precept concept, O2 convertible concept, Polestar 1, Experimental Polestar 2, and the regular Polestar 2.

Interestingly absent from its Goodwood plans is the Polestar 3 SUV which was recently shown off completely uncovered for the first time.

The large SUV will go head-to-head with the BMW iX and Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV when it launches in 2023, and is set to spearhead the Polestar brand’s charge in the USA.

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

Under the skin, the Polestar 3 shares its bones with the next-generation Volvo XC90 – likely to be known as the Embla. It’ll be made in China and the USA, with production to kick off early in 2023.

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 model 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.

Polestar is a Sweden-based joint venture company run by Volvo and its Chines parent Geely Holding. The company is poised for an imminent Nasdaq SPAC IPO set to close this year.

MORE: 2024 Polestar 5 design revealed in patent images
MORE: Polestar 5: Liftback inspired by Precept concept confirmed
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Jack Quick is an emerging automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Jack recently graduated from Deakin University and has previously competed in dance nationally. In his spare time, Jack likes to listen to hyperpop and play Forza Horizon.

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