Polestar 3 pricing confirmed for New Zealand

Polestar has confirmed New Zealand pricing for Polestar 3 with cars on the road in the second half of 2023 and customer deliveries from January 2024

Polestar has proven popular with Kiwi buyers since launching with the Polestar 2 a year ago. The next vehicle from the brand was will be the larger Polestar 3 SUV and is expected to be driving on New Zealand roads in the second half of 2023, with the first customer deliveries scheduled for January 2024.

In New Zealand, two versions will be offered. The Long-range Dual motor, priced from $154,900 plus On road costs, and the Long-range Dual motor with Performance Pack, starting at $169,900 Plus on road costs.

Polestar New Zealand Brand Manager, Bruce Fowler, says: “Polestar 3 is already generating a great deal of interest from New Zealand buyers and we are confident that the confirmation of pricing, combined with its style, specification, sustainability, and performance, will make Polestar 3 as popular as the award-winning Polestar 2 in Aotearoa.”

The list of standard equipment in Polestar 3 is extensive, with few options for easy configuration. All versions include air suspension, a full-length panoramic glass roof, LED lighting inside and out, retractable door handles with proximity sensing, and 21-inch alloy wheels. The Plus Pack and Pilot Pack are fitted as standard for the first model year and include a raft of premium, luxury, and convenience features like a 25-speaker audio system from Bowers & Wilkins with 3D surround sound and Dolby Atmos capability, soft-closing doors, head-up display and Pilot Assist.

The dual-motor configuration with power bias towards the rear produces a total of 360 kW and 840 Nm of torque. With the optional Performance Pack, total output is upped to 380 kW and 910 Nm.

Adjustable one-pedal drive is included, as well as an electric Torque Vectoring Dual Clutch function on the rear axle – an evolution of what was first developed for Polestar 1. A decoupling function is also available for the rear electric motor, allowing the car to run only on the front electric motor to save energy under certain circumstances.

Advanced chassis control is provided by dual-chamber air suspension as standard, allowing Polestar 3 to adapt between comfort and dynamic suspension characteristics, and the car can adjust its active damper velocity electronically once every two milliseconds (500 Hz).

A 111 kWh battery pack provides Polestar 3 with generous driving range of up to 610 km WLTP (preliminary). The lithium-ion battery features a prismatic cell design housed in a protective aluminium case with boron steel reinforcement and liquid cooling. A heat pump is included as standard, helping Polestar 3 utilise ambient heat for climate- and battery preconditioning.

Polestar 3 is also equipped for bidirectional charging, enabling future potential for vehicle-to-grid and plug-and-charge capabilities.

There is no question the Polestar 3 is a Technological tour de force, with specification that should impress at the local price point. Polestar's cutting edge LiDAR system will be available for pre-orders offering enhanced driver assistance functionality.

Polestar 3 is the brand’s first vehicle to feature centralised computing with the NVIDIA DRIVE core computer, the A.I. ‘brain’ of the Polestar 3 which processes data from the car’s multiple sensors and cameras to enable advanced driver-assistance safety features and driver monitoring. Further collaborations with industry-leading safety technology partners like Zenseact and Smart Eye provide Polestar 3 with cutting-edge Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology that integrates seamlessly within this system.

As standard, Polestar 3 features a total of five radar modules, five external cameras and twelve external ultrasonic sensors to support numerous advanced safety features. The SmartZone below the front aero wing collects several of the forward-facing sensors, a heated radar module and camera, and now becomes a signature of Polestar design.

Inside, two closed-loop driver monitoring cameras bring leading eye tracking technology from Smart Eye to a Polestar for the first time, geared towards safer driving. The cameras monitor the driver’s eyes and can trigger warning messages, sounds and even an emergency stop function when detecting a distracted, drowsy or disconnected driver.

Polestar 3 is also the first car in the world to feature four interior radar sensors, capable of detecting sub-millimetre movements in the cabin to help protect against accidentally leaving children or pets inside. The system is also linked to the climate control system to help avoid heat stroke or hypothermia.

Android Automotive OS is the in-car operating system controlled via a 14.5-inch centre display. Co-developed with Google, it is an evolution of the system in Polestar 2 – the first car in the world with Google built-in – and will feature over-the-air (OTA) updates for software upgrades and the introduction of new features without visiting a service centre.

The infotainment system is powered by a next-generation Snapdragon Cockpit Platform from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. As a central component of the Snapdragon Digital Chassis – a comprehensive set of open and scalable cloud-connected automotive platforms – the Snapdragon Cockpit Platform will be utilised to provide immersive in-vehicle experiences with its high-performance capabilities to deliver high-definition displays, premium quality surround sound and seamless connectivity throughout the vehicle.


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