The new Polestar 3 electric SUV will be followed onto market by a more rakish-roofed SUV-coupé, called the 4, to rival the Audi Q4 E-tron Sportback and Volkswagen ID 5

Polestar has issued a new preview image that shows the new-for-2023 SUV duo from the rear. This is the third detailed preview image the firm has given of the 3, and shows the rear end completely undisguised, while the 4 remains sheeted – with only its distinctive wraparound rear light bar shining through. 

The 4 will sit between the Polestar 2 saloon and 3 SUV, size-wise, launching in 2023 as an entry into what the firm calls “one of the most competitive market segments in terms of demand, performance and design”. It will be joined a year later by the new Polestar 5 grand-tourer, which will make its dynamic debut in camouflage at next week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. 

Last week, Polestar showed the 3 from the side – proving that this will be no mere adaptation of the firm’s existing Polestar 2 saloon or its earlier Volvo-based 1 super-hybrid. 

Familiar Polestar styling cues are present: the Y-shaped ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED headlights, yellow brake calipers, wraparound rear light bar and chunky side cladding, for example. But the new SUV’s rakish silhouette is all-new – more closely related to the upcoming Polestar 5 grand tourer (revealed in design patents yesterday) than it is the 2. 

A panoramic glass roof panel curves gently towards the rear, passing under a prominent rear spoiler – part of what looks to be a fairly extensive aero package, together with air-channelling vents at the leading edge of the bonnet, flush-fitting door handles and prominent rear haunches. 

Aerodynamic efficiency will be crucial in taking the Polestar 3 to a targeted range of more than 370 miles, as will a “large battery” of unspecified capacity and an efficient dual-motor powertrain. 

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