The Audi Q4 e-tron is likely the most important car in the brand’s lineup at the moment. Being a small, premium crossover, it’s exactly the sort of car customers want right now. Its good looks and premium cabin will make it a genuine Q5 alternative for a lot of customers, and its EV powertrain will allow traditional Audi customers to switch over to electrification easily. However, the Q4 e-tron is getting yet another competitor in the segment, adding to the already growing list — the Polestar 3.
Polestar recently announced its new EV crossover with a teaser image, showing the car under a white sheet. Through the sheet, you can make out the silhouette of the car and it looks very good. No surprise, considering Polestar’s track record of good looking cars. According to Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath, who recently spoke to Car and Driver at the 2021 IAA in Munich, the Polestar 3 will be a two-row crossover with sleek, sporty looks.
Ingenlath stated that Polestar didn’t want to go larger, stretching it to three rows, as that would have drawn too many comparisons with the Volvo XC90. Plus, two rows allow for a better looking car. “Having two rows gives the opportunity to give the car that aerodynamic roofline, it gives the chance to emphasize the space between the first and second rows, which really gives the second row a luxurious feeling.” he told C&D.
He also stated that the Polestar 3 will be built in the U.S. and that it will come in either single-motor or dual-motor variants, just like the current Polestar 2. Though, according to Ingenlath, the dual-motor Polestar 3 will be the most powerful EV in the the brand’s lineup.
How does the Polestar 3 affect Audi? It will debut either late 2022 or early 2023, which will make it a prime competitor for the Audi Q4 e-tron, as the latter will only be on sale for couple of years at that point. With seemingly sleeker looks and Polestar’s unique character, it could be a dangerous competitor for Audi when it hits the market.[Source: Car and Driver]