Audi is currently in the process of updating its e-tron SUV. The original e-tron SUV debuted in 2018, which means it’s about halfway through its lifecycle and in need of a refresh. With that refresh, it’s said to be getting a bump in range, some better styling, and a nicer interior. And it’s going to need all of that, as it’s getting yet another competitor next year — the 2022 Polestar 3.
Polestar’s latest car is going to be an SUV and the Swedish brand recently teased it with a official spy photo. From the camouflaged photo released by Polestar, the new 3 looks like it’s going to be a very handsome mid-size SUV. Its styling will obviously be similar to the Polestar 2, which is a handsome but funky looking little sedan. However, from the looks of this camouflaged photo, the Polestar 3 will likely be the best looking car of the lineup.
The Polestar 3 will be build on Volvo’s newest all-electric architecture and will likely get the same electric powertrains as the Polestar 2. Expect both single and dual-motor cars, with anywhere between 250-300 miles of range. According to Car and Driver, the Polestar 3 is expected to start at around $75,000, which puts it squarely in Audi e-tron territory. It’s also said to get some very advanced autonomous highway driving, using an all-new LiDAR sensor from Luminar and centralized NVIDIA computing power.
Interestingly, the 2022 Polestar 3 will not only go on sale next year but it will be manufactured right here in the ‘States. I
But it’s not going to stop at the Polestar 3. The Swedish electric brand plans on introducing a new EV every year for the next three years. In 2023, we’ll see the Polestar 4, which will be some sort of SUV Coupe and in 2024 the Polestar 5 will debut, which will be a full-sized luxury sedan to take on the whatever Audi ends up using to replace the A8.
It seems as though Polestar is beginning to position itself as a major player in the premium EV market. The next Polestar 3 is going to give the Audi e-tron more real competition than people might expect from a new brand. I’ve driven the Polestar 2 briefly and if feels every bit as quality of an item as any Audi and is surprisingly fun to drive. If I were Audi , I’d take this new SUV very seriously.