Polestar 3 teased: new electric SUV will be built in USA

Published: 16 June 2021

► New electric Polestar 3 SUV
► Teaser image shows covered car
► Polestar confirms 2022 production

Polestar's next model, the 3 SUV, has been officially confirmed. Our first image of the new electric crossover is the car's silhouette under a cloth.

Details are scarce, but Polestar has confirmed that the 3 SUV will be built at Volvo's factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina, with production starting in 2022. The plant was opened in 2018, with the current S60 saloon being the first model to roll off the production line there.

The Polestar 3 will use Volvo Car Group's new battery-electric platform 'which has been designed from scratch for full electrification.' This isn't the platform that currently underpins the Polestar 2, but CAR understands that this new BEV architecture will also be the basis for the next-generation Volvo XC90.

Polestar has also confirmed that the new 3 will also use Google's Android Automotive OS, as expected, which will 'feature industry-leading connectivity features.'

'Polestar 3 will be built in America, for our American customers,' said Polestar boss, Thomas Ingenlath, 'from now on, the USA is no longer an export market but a home market.'

Given the decision to produce the 3 in the USA, Polestar has also announced that 25 'Spaces' – retail areas much like dealers but in more urban environments – across the US.

Stay tuned for more details.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches