Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Polestar Day, an incredible event hosted by the Geely-owned Swedish brand in a hangar at the Santa Monica airport. The event was attended by hundreds of media, investors, and owners who were eager to experience the latest products, upcoming models, and to learn about innovative technology and partnerships being announced by Polestar.
The highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Polestar 3, a powerful and luxurious SUV that is set to compete with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne. This impressive vehicle is scheduled to go on sale in the US in the second quarter of 2024. During the event, I had the chance to ride in a fully loaded Polestar 3 equipped with the optional Performance package. This package enhances the SUV’s performance, with an output of 517 horsepower, torque vectoring, all-wheel drive software, unique chassis tuning, and 22-inch wheels with performance tires.
During the 15-minute ride around Santa Monica, I was struck by the comfort of the ride provided by the standard four-corner air suspension. The interior of the vehicle was both spacious and serene, reflecting the vehicle’s luxury status. In addition, the Polestar 3 will be the first vehicle to feature bidirectional charging capabilities, allowing it to connect to a virtual power plant (VPP) that efficiently manages energy usage and grid demand.
Another highlight of Polestar Day was the introduction of the Polestar 4, a crossover coupe that is expected to bridge the gap between the compact and midsize segments. With a starting price of around $60,000 and production set to begin in China at the end of this year, the Polestar 4 will also be produced in South Korea through a partnership with Renault Korea Motors, allowing it to bypass import tariffs.
The Polestar 5, which was first revealed as the Precept concept in 2020, was shown without any camouflage at the event. This fastback sedan rivals the Porsche Panamera and offers an impressive 884hp and 664 pound-feet in top dual-motor spec. The vehicle will be built on a bespoke supercar-like bonded aluminum platform, and it will feature StoreDot’s XFC pouch cell charging tech, allowing it to gain 100 miles of range in just five minutes of charging.
The Polestar 6, a flagship model taking the form of a two-door sports car with a convertible roof, was also showcased at the event. Set to go on sale in 2026, the Polestar 6 will use the same architecture and powertrains as the Polestar 5, and it will aim for a 155mph top speed and a 3.1-second zero to 60mph time. The initial run of 500 cars will be the LA Concept Edition with a starting price of $200,000.
Polestar has already achieved a major milestone with the delivery of over 150,000 units of the Polestar 2, and the introduction of these new models and technologies will further solidify the brand’s position as an exciting and forward-thinking automaker to watch in the rapidly growing EV market. Overall, Polestar Day was an exceptional event that showcased the brand’s commitment to innovation, sustainability, and luxurious performance.