Polestar’s new production car could not bear any other name than Polestar 4 and it has just been presented at the Shanghai Auto Show. A high-end SUV that comes to compete directly, both in price and performance, with other electric SUVs such as Tesla Model Y (although it is much cheaper), the BMW iX, and the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV.
The differential section of the Polestar 4 is its benefits, which promises 600 km of autonomy thanks to its 102kWh battery, and its technological deployment, which promises to be one of the most advanced in its range. It is a compact model located between the Polestar 2 and the Polestar 3, but within the line of 100% electric SUVs.
The Polestar 4 will hit the market at the beginning of 2024 with prices that start at 60,000 euros, which makes it a very attractive bet for a market in which, except for Tesla, it is not used to offering that autonomy and benefits at that price. .
Polestar 4: the company’s fastest production 100% electric SUV
It’s a slightly smaller SUV than the Polestar 3, but being an SUV, it’s taller than the Polestar 2, and at market launch it will be available in all-wheel drive or rear-only versions. The most differential element of the Polestar 4 is that does not have a rear windowsomething that, according to the brand, will offer a more immersive experience for the occupants, thanks to ambient lighting that accompanies the interior of the car.
Slightly smaller than the Polestar 3, but taller than the Polestar 2, the compact SUV will come in all-wheel drive and rear-only variants. One of the most distinctive features is the complete absence of a rear window, which Polestar says “enables a new kind of immersive experience for rear occupants.” “Solar system-inspired” ambient lighting is intended to further elevate the rear-seat ride quality.
Replaces the rear window with a system of cameras mounted on the roof that transmit the rear image in real time to a simulated rearview mirror that is actually a screen. Nothing is lost, Polestar says, as this system offers a wider field of vision than any other car with the traditional system can offer.
The Polestar 4 will be, at its launch, the fastest production car of the companywith an acceleration to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, in its most powerful version. As we said before, it will be available in two versions that differentiate motor performance. The basic, of single engine and rear-wheel drive, and the most powerful, with all-wheel drive 4×4. However, the latter includes a disconnect clutch system that allows the car to disengage the front electric motor when not needed to maximize range and efficiency.
600 km of autonomy and two motor versions
The basic model offers a power of 200 kW (~272 hp), while the second will reach the 400 kW (~544 bhp). In both cases powered by a battery 102 kWhcapable of charging 200 kW in direct current and 22 kW in alternating current. According to Polestar, the charging system needs just half an hour to charge to 80% capacity at full speed. And just like the Polestar 3, the 4 will be equipped with two-way charging (V2L) for charging external devices.
Regarding the technological section, the Polestar 4 uses the NVIDIA Drive platform just like the Polestar 3, to process sensor data and for the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) of the vehicle. It has a total of 12 cameras, a radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors as standard.
All of the Polestar 4’s features are integrated into its 14.7-inch vertical-style center touchscreen. It also has a 10.2-inch auxiliary screen behind the steering wheel, which acts as the instrument panel and will display the speed and driving mode, etc.
The Polestar 4 will go on sale for $60,000 sometime in late 2023 in China and in North America in 2024. Dates of arrival in Europe or Latin America are unknown.