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All-Electric Polestar 4 Makes Its North American Debut in the Big Apple

by | March 27, 2024

Volvo spinoff Polestar is accelerating its product rollout this year and the New York International Auto Show brings the debut of the new Polestar 4. It’s an all-electric CUV that will be positioned in-between the Polestar 2 and 3 models in terms of size and price.

Polestar 4 fleshes out the brand’s SUV lineup.

The coupe-like crossover made its global debut at the Shanghai Motor Show last year but is only now making its first public appearance in North America. The EV maker plans to begin taking orders in April with deliveries of the 2025 Polestar 4 set to begin during the fourth quarter of this year.

The EV’s appearance at the New York International Auto Show is a “milestone,” said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar North America.

“Polestar 4’s innovative SUV coupe design offers the best of both worlds for those seeking the ultimate driving performance without sacrificing occupant comfort and a captivating exterior design,” Hembrough said in a statement ahead of the NY debut. “Together with Polestar 3, we transition from a one-car to a three-car company, with two luxury SUVs arriving this year.” These two SUVs are the result of what Polestar has set as its goal: combining performance and luxury in new way, creating a new standard in the electric age.”

Coupe-like design

Polestar 4 is latest new product to embrace SUV coupe styling craze

As has become the norm with today’s battery-electric vehicles, Polestar 4 rides on a skateboard-like platform that places both the 102-kWh battery pack and motors below the load floor. The EV measures 190.5 inches in total length, with a118.1-inch wheelbase, and a width of just over 84 inches.

Standing just over 60 inches in height, it’s relatively low for a utility vehicle and features an aggressively raked, coupe-like roofline. At a time when more and more SUVs are opting for bold, upright front ends, Polestar 4 gets a low, more sports car-like nose, with integrated quad LED lighting. There’s also a lit Polestar logo up front.

Aerodynamics influenced the CUV’s styling, with flush glass and pop-out door handles helping reduce wind drag and improve range. But the Polestar 4 does make a slight aero sacrifice with up to 22-inch wheels on the Performance Pack option.

The most distinctive – and controversial – element of the design is the lack of a rear window. Instead, Polestar 4 features a dedicated high-definition screen using a roof-mounted camera, the carmaker says, “enabling a far wider field of view compared to what is found in most modern vehicles.”

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“Sustainable” interior

Polestar 4 blends clean interior design with sporty elements.

As with its earlier Polestar 1, 2, and 3 models, the Chinese-owned automaker relies on various sustainable materials for the Polestar 4’s cabin. Don’t expect traditional leather, despite the crossover’s position as a luxury vehicle. There are knit textiles, for example, using PET recycled from soft drink bottles, and ECONYL, a material produced out of recycled fishing nets.

Front heated seats are standard, and the rear seats as is a heated steering wheel. And the back seats of Polestar 4 recline. Ambient, adjustable lighting also comes standard, as does a full glass roof. Buyers can opt to upgrade to an electrochromic glass that can go from transparent to fully opaque with the touch of a button.

A digital gauge cluster is complemented by a 15.4-inch landscape-oriented touchscreen infotainment system powered by the Android Automotive operating system. That means a variety of features including Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play. In addition, the Polestar 4 can handle smartphone-style over-the-air updates for all of its onboard software.

Drivetrain options

Thomas Ingenlath CEO of Polestar

Buyers will have several packages to choose from, with Polestar 4 available with single or twin-motor drive layouts.

The twin-motor Performance Pack makes a peak 544 horsepower, making this the fastest and most powerful product Polestar has so far brought to market. It’s capable of launching from 0 to 60 in just 3.8 seconds, the factory claims.

The Long-Range Single motor package sends 272 hp and 253 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. It can deliver up to 300 miles per charge, according to its EPA rating. Launch times on this package are factory-rated at 7.4 seconds.

All versions can draw as much as 200 kW of current from a public quick charger. Charging times have not yet been revealed, however.

Pricing, production, and availability

Polestar 4’s sloping roofline gives it coupe like profile.

The base Long-Range version of the new Polestar 4 starts at $54,900. The top-line Long Range Dual motor with the Plus and Performance Packs push that up to $72,900 before factoring in delivery fees of $1,400.

For the U.S. market, the 2025 Polestar 4 will be produced in South Korea, rather than China.

While an online ordering process is set to launch in April, the first of the all-electric coupe-crossovers won’t be delivered until late this year.


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