Volvo’s all-electric brand Polestar has confirmed that it will be launching an SUV in the third phase of its launch program.
Polestar’s vision is to be an all-electric performance brand, with the first of its cars to be a 600bhp/1000Nm sports car. This will launch in 2019.
The second vehicle in Polestar’s range will be a mid-size vehicle, most likely a sedan, which will hit the market in late 2019.
The third for Polestar’s line-up and the one we’re most interested in will be a battery electric vehicle (BEV) SUV called the Polestar 3.
“All future cars from Polestar will feature a fully electric drivetrain, delivering on our brand vision of being the new standalone electric performance brand,” said Thomas Ingenlath, chief executive officer of Polestar.
The city of Chengdu in China will be the location for Polestar’s production facility, which is currently under construction. Once completed mid-next year, this factory will be the hub from which all three Polestar models are created.
We don’t know a lot about what kind of power or range the Polestar 3 SUV will have, but given Polestar has very close ties to Volvo, you could imagine that it will use the same platform as the XC60, with Volvo’s crossover in the pipeline to get electrification.
Now, the XC60 is likely to have a hybrid and plug-in hybrid option, and not become a full EV, however, there is likely to be plenty of parts sharing between the two vehicles. Things like the braking system, underpinnings, seat structures and other bits and pieces being used across both vehicles will significantly reduce the research and development timeline and allow it to come to production sooner.
You won’t be able to buy the Polestar 3 in the traditional way, either. You’ll be able to order your car online and will opt for a two or three-year subscription. No deposit will be needed and everything will be included in a monthly payment, meaning servicing that includes pick-up and delivery of your SUV, and the ability to rent other vehicles from both Volvo and Polestar using the same subscription service.
Polestar is also introducing Phone-As-Key technology which brings a concierge service that gives you access to on-demand features, but more details on these will be released later on.
Ordering a Polestar car will be done online using an app or website but if people want a more hands-on experience Polestar will be opening “Polestar Spaces” across the globe, separate from Volvo dealerships.