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Volvo’s spin-off performance brand, Polestar, is set to debut its first SUV among its all-electric line-up on 12 October. 

Built upon a new all-electric base that’s also shared with its sister company, Volvo, Polestar says the 3 will feature “the latest in technological advancements”. Those include core computing powered by NVIDIA, as well as a host of safety systems provided by key industry suppliers like Zenseact, Liminar and Smart Eye. 

Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath, said: “We had to ask ourselves: ‘what should a modern SUV look like?’ Polestar 3 defines the SUV for the electric age and in designing it, we addressed some of the fundamentals of the archetype: proportions, stance and aerodynamics.”

Polestar says all launch edition models will play host to a dual motor powertrain based at the rear end, and a dual clutch system that allows torque vectoring capabilities. 

In terms of output, the optional Performance Pack means the 3 produces a claimed 483bhp (360kW) of power and 910 Nm of torque. It also features Polestar’s adaptive dual-chamber air suspension and active dampers, which enables the car to readjust itself to changes in road conditions every two milliseconds. 

“It’s this instant ability to transform from a comfortable cruiser to a sharp, agile performance car in less than the blink of an eye that makes Polestar 3 special as an electric performance SUV. It also benefits from a low centre of gravity and wide track for ultimate stability, and an exciting feeling behind the wheel.”

First announced earlier this year, the launch event for the 3 will commence at 7pm CEST (5pm GMT) on 12 October, and will be presented by Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath, and Polestar’s Head of Design, Maximilian Missoni.

The live broadcast event can be accessed by clicking here.

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Shafiq Abidin 29/12/22