June 25, 2024
Electric & Hybrid Cars

Polestar 3 to Introduce Rear-Wheel-Drive Trim Later This Year

Polestar, recently separated from the Volvo parent company, is dealing with some internal challenges as it enters the electric vehicle market with a limited range of models. With the recent price reductions announced in March, the 2025 Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor with Pilot Pack will now start at $74,800 after the $1,400 destination charge. This model offers 489 horsepower, 620 pound-feet of torque, and an estimated range of 315 miles on a single charge. The Pilot Pack includes features like Pilot Assist, Park Assist Pilot, Lane Change Assist, and a head-up display.
Australia’s Drive reports that a rear-wheel-drive version of the Polestar 3 is expected to be released later this year for global markets.

While specific details about the new model are scarce at the moment, it is anticipated to feature a rear motor producing 241 hp, similar to the Long Range Dual Motor variant, and will retain the 111-kWh battery pack. This configuration is likely to offer increased range compared to the dual-motor version, but pricing information is yet to be disclosed. The Polestar 3 sits between the offerings of Ford and Tesla in terms of pricing, positioning it as a competitor to luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes. The recent price cut now places it just below the entry-level Rivian R1S.

It is unlikely that the Polestar 3 RWD will be priced as competitively as models like the Ford Mustang Mach-E or Tesla Model Y, both of which offer similar range estimates. Potential buyers may qualify for federal tax credits, but initial models assembled in China will not be eligible. However, Polestar plans to shift production to the U.S. by mid-2024, which could make the 3 eligible for tax credits. Production tests in South Carolina have been successful, indicating that the timeline is on track for the move.

FAQ

1. Will the Polestar 3 be available in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions?

2. What features are included in the Pilot Pack for the Polestar 3?

3. When can buyers expect the Polestar 3 to be available for purchase in the U.S.?

Conclusion

The Polestar 3 offers a compelling combination of performance, range, and features at a competitive price point. As the brand continues to expand its lineup and production footprint, buyers can look forward to more options and potentially lower prices in the future.

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