• Long range Dual motor launch version with standard Pilot and Plus packs priced from $154,900
• Technological tour de force with in-car tech partners including Google, NVIDIA and Qualcomm, and cutting-edge safety tech from Luminar, Smart Eye and Zenseact
• LiDAR pre-orders possible with enhanced driver assistance functionality
• Traced risk materials: Cobalt, Lithium, Mica, Nickel and Leather, with conflict mineral reporting on tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold

Polestar, the Swedish electric car brand, confirms New Zealand pricing for Polestar 3, which can now be ordered online at www.polestar.com/nz.

Polestar 3 will be on New Zealand roads in the second half of 2023, with the first customer deliveries scheduled for January 2024, with two versions, the Long-range Dual motor, priced from $154,900 plus on-road costs, and the Long-range Dual motor with Performance Pack, starting at $169,900 plus on-road costs.

Polestar New Zealand Brand Manager, Bruce Fowler, says: “Polestar 3 is already generating a great deal of interest from New Zealand buyers and we are confident that the confirmation of pricing, combined with its style, specification, sustainability, and performance, will make Polestar 3 as popular as the award-winning Polestar 2 in Aotearoa.”

All versions include air suspension, a full-length panoramic glass roof, LED lighting inside and out, retractable door handles with proximity sensing, and 21-inch alloy wheels. The Plus Pack and Pilot Pack are fitted as standard for the first model year and include a raft of premium, luxury, and convenience features like a 25-speaker audio system from Bowers & Wilkins with 3D surround sound and Dolby Atmos capability, soft-closing doors, head-up display and Pilot Assist.

The dual-motor configuration with power bias towards the rear produces a total of 360 kW and 840 Nm of torque. With the optional Performance Pack, total output is upped to 380 kW and 910 Nm.

Adjustable one-pedal drive is included, as well as an electric Torque Vectoring Dual Clutch function on the rear axle – an evolution of what was first developed for Polestar 1. A decoupling function is also available for the rear electric motor, allowing the car to run only on the front electric motor to save energy under certain circumstances.

Advanced chassis control is provided by dual-chamber air suspension as standard, allowing Polestar 3 to adapt between comfort and dynamic suspension characteristics, and the car can adjust its active damper velocity electronically once every two milliseconds (500 Hz).

A 111 kWh battery pack provides Polestar 3 with a driving range of up to 610 km WLTP (preliminary). The lithium-ion battery features a prismatic cell design housed in a protective aluminium case with boron steel reinforcement and liquid cooling. A heat pump is included as standard, which Polestar says will help the Polestar 3 utilise ambient heat for climate- and battery preconditioning.

Polestar 3 is also equipped for bidirectional charging, enabling future potential for vehicle-to-grid and plug-and-charge capabilities.

2023 Polestar 3 – Technological tour de force

Polestar 3 is the brand’s first vehicle to feature centralised computing with the NVIDIA DRIVE core computer, the A.I. ‘brain’ of the Polestar 3 which processes data from the car’s multiple sensors and cameras to enable advanced driver-assistance safety features and driver monitoring. Further collaborations with industry-leading safety technology partners like Zenseact and Smart Eye provide Polestar 3 with cutting-edge Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology that integrates seamlessly within this system.

As standard, Polestar 3 features a total of five radar modules, five external cameras and twelve external ultrasonic sensors to support numerous advanced safety features. The SmartZone below the front aero wing collects several of the forward-facing sensors, a heated radar module and camera, and now becomes a signature of Polestar design they say.

Inside, two closed-loop driver monitoring cameras bring leading eye-tracking technology from Smart Eye to a Polestar for the first time, geared towards safer driving. The cameras monitor the driver’s eyes and can trigger warning messages, sounds and even an emergency stop function when detecting a distracted, drowsy or disconnected driver.

Polestar says their Polestar 3 is the first car in the world to feature four interior radar sensors, capable of detecting sub-millimetre movements in the cabin to help protect against accidentally leaving children or pets inside. The system is also linked to the climate control system to help avoid heat stroke or hypothermia.

Android Automotive OS is the in-car operating system controlled via a 14.5-inch centre display. Co-developed with Google, it is an evolution of the system in Polestar 2 – the first car in the world with Google built-in – and will feature over-the-air (OTA) updates for software upgrades and the introduction of new features without visiting a service centre.

The infotainment system is powered by a next-generation Snapdragon Cockpit Platform from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. As a central component of the Snapdragon Digital Chassis – a comprehensive set of open and scalable cloud-connected automotive platforms – the Snapdragon Cockpit Platform will be utilised to provide immersive in-vehicle experiences with its high-performance capabilities to deliver high-definition displays, premium quality surround sound and seamless connectivity throughout the vehicle.

2023 Polestar 3 – Commitment to sustainability continues

Following on from Polestar 2, which was the first vehicle globally to use Blockchain technology to trace the Cobalt used in its batteries, Polestar will expand its partnership with traceability partner, Circulor, and use Blockchain to trace Cobalt, Lithium, Mica, Nickel and Leather in Polestar 3.

A complete life-cycle assessment (LCA) will be completed on Polestar 3 when production begins. Subsequent assessments will follow through its life cycle and work will continue to constantly find ways of reducing its carbon footprint.

Polestar 3 features three alternatives when it comes to upholstery: animal welfare-secured Nappa leather, bio-attributed MicroTech vinyl, and animal welfare-certified wool. Each material has been carefully selected and developed to create a more sustainable expression of premium.

Made from renewable vinyl and recycled polyester textile, the bio-attributed MicroTech is a vegan alternative to leather and comes standard in Polestar 3. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a multi-purpose plastic commonly made from fossil resources and used for synthetic vinyl materials. The MicroTech upholstery, by contrast, is made with 100% fossil-free, bio-attributed PVC, in which the crude oil component has been replaced with pine oil from certified renewable sources.

The animal welfare-certified wool is made from animal-welfare-certified yarn that comes from farms with a responsible approach to managing their lands and animals. The yarn contains 80% certified wool and 20% recycled content.

Available as an option, Nappa leather, produced by premium leather maker Bridge of Weir, is 100% traceable, chrome-free, and animal welfare secured. The raw hides used – a by-product of the food industry – are sourced locally from responsible suppliers in the UK and Ireland, which are two of the highest-rated territories globally in the Animal Protection Index.

Read DriveLife’s review of the Polestar 2 Long Range here.

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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