Polestar gave us a tantalizing first look at its upcoming electric SUV, the Polestar 3, releasing the first undisguised picture of the car ahead of its expected unveiling in 2022.
As its nickname suggests, the Polestar 3 will be the third vehicle of the Volvo offshoot and will be positioned as a premium EV to compete with Audi E-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X.
The picture itself (above) shows the Polestar 3 with a pixelated camoflague paint job, which not only makes it clear that it is a prototype vehicle, but also gives it an uncanny resemblance to a QR code.
It’s a significantly larger car than the Polestar 2 hatchback and one that features Volvo’s distinctive ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlamp design on the front in addition to a sleek grille.
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A Polestar 3 electric SUV under a coat
While the Polestar 3’s price, features, and range are still under wraps, we now know about the SUV from this preview that it will be the brand’s first car to be made in America – at the Volvo plant in Charleston, South Carolina .
“We’re going to build for Americans in America,” said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath at a New York investor event where the new photo of the car went out of the way for the first time.
He added, “The Polestar 3 is slated to hit the market in 2022 as the premium electric performance SUV that will define the look of SUVs in the electric age. It will also be the first Polestar vehicle to be built in America. “
One final exciting detail of the Polestar 3 that was unveiled at the event was that it will include a Tidar sensor from Luminar, which means that the Polestar 3 will feature Volvo’s Highway Pilot semi-autonomous driving mode, one of the most promising and most advanced commercial self-propelled platforms around.
In addition, Polestar confirmed its product roadmap prior to going public on the New York NASDAQ stock exchange. This includes the Polestar 3 SUV in 2022; Polestar 4 compact SUV in 2023; and the eagerly anticipated Polestar 5 “Precept” sports car in 2024.