Harry Leahey

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Polestar has unveiled its latest model, the Polestar 4 at the Shanghai motor show, and will come in single and dual-motor versions when it goes on sale next spring. 


Dubbed as the "reinvention of the SUV coupé" ,the 4 will rival the Tesla Model Y and Porsche Macan in the premium crossover segment, with prices ranging £50,000 to £65,000. 


Both versions of the 4 are powered by a 102kWh battery pack, with the single-motor variant delivering 268 bhp and a "preliminary range target" of up to 372 miles. The dual-motor model has a target range of 350 miles and makes 537 bhp. As a result, the car can achieve  0-62mph in 3.8 seconds, making it the company’s fastest production car yet.  


To increase efficiency, a heat pump comes standard with the vehicle. 


The battery can be charged at speeds of up to 200kW, and the Polestar 4 will also support bi-directional charging, allowing the car to power your home, and vehicle-to-load output, which enables you to charge external devices such as a laptop or smartphone. 


The dual-motor version of the Polestar 4 will also feature semi-active suspension, and can ride on wheels in various sizes, ranging from 20 to 22 inches.

Unlike its first two models, the 1 and 2, which were based on Volvo's designs, the Polestar 4 is the firm's second bespoke offering following the recently unveiled Polestar 3 SUV, and boasts a drag coefficient of 0.269 and measures just under five metres long. 


The interior features lots of eco-friendly materials. The inlay carpets for instance are made from recycled PET, and the floor carpets are made from old fishing nets. Trim panels meanwhile are made from  NFPP (natural fibre polypropylene), which Polestar says reduces the use of plastic by up to 50 percent, while saving up to 40 percent in weight. 


For the driver, the cabin has a button-free layout, except for one rotary knob on the centre console. Most functions are accessed via the car’s 15.4in touchscreen which runs Polestar’s Android Auto OS infotainment system. This means popular Google apps such as Maps come preinstalled with the car.

Additionally, the Polestar 4 offers a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, though this can be upgraded to 16 speakers by adding extra headrest speakers. 


Rear passengers have their own media and climate control screen, while the driver is provided with a 10.2-inch drive display. There's also a 14.7-inch head-up display that features a 'snow mode' function, enabling drivers to change the text colour from white to yellow when driving in snow. 


The most notable feature of the car’s exterior design is the absence of rear windows, which means there is no traditional rear-view mirror. To address this, Polestar has equipped the 4 with a HD screen which displays footage from a roof-mounted camera, which the company claims offers a far wider field of view.  Other safety features include 12 cameras, one radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors as standard to deliver various driving aids. 


The Polestar 4 will be built in China and will be sold there first.

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Harry Leahey 19/04/23