Rapidly following the debut and launch of its first electrical SUV, the Polestar 3, Volvo’s all-electric sibling introduced one other new mannequin on the 2023 Shanghai Auto Present. The 2025 Polestar 4 is a sultry new efficiency crossover with coupe-like styling. Its smooth, sloped roofline is low, sporty and dynamic, like a scorching hatch, however its elevated trip top matches that of an SUV. Bigger than a Polestar 2 however smaller than a Polestar 3, the Polestar 4 can even sit between the 2 when it comes to worth (it begins round $60,000) and can function the automaker’s quickest manufacturing automobile.
What’s beneath the Polestar 4’s hood?
The Polestar 4 will likely be out there in each single-and dual-motor variations. If explosive acceleration is not a precedence, you’ll be able to spec a single rear motor positioned on the rear axle. It produces a comparatively modest 272 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque however ought to present first rate acceleration. It’s an EV in spite of everything, and the quick hit of torque will guarantee it will not get dusted off the road.
However the dual-motor pack is the place it is at. Boasting a 0-60 mph dash time in beneath 3.8 seconds, the all-wheel-drive Polestar 4 produces a whopping 544 hp and 506 lb-ft. These dual-motor variations can even present semi-active suspension options and could be tweaked to supply a extra comfy or sporty trip.
Each powertrains faucet right into a battery pack with 102 kWh of capability. Polestar says the single-motor model, which is able to probably be the extra environment friendly possibility, is focused to realize 300 miles of vary on a full cost — a declare we’ll put to the take a look at as soon as we get the Polestar 4 in for testing. Even the AWD model makes an attempt effectivity positive factors by disconnecting the entrance motor beneath gentle masses.
On the charging entrance, the Polestar 4 can cost at speeds as much as 200 kW when linked to a DC charger and a comparatively speedy 22 kW when using AC. Bidirectional charging and vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality imply that your Polestar 4 may even cost your exterior units for you.
How’s the Polestar 4’s inside?
Polestar retains issues clear and classy contained in the Polestar 4 with an inside as Scandinavian as you may get. A soothing “mono materials method” is utilized to the cabin, which signifies that layers of sure elements merge collectively seamlessly through shared supplies. Not solely does all of it circulate collectively, however these supplies enable these elements to be extra effectively recycled as effectively.
However there’s one thing fairly massive lacking within the Polestar 4: There’s no rear window, people. This isn’t a joke. Should you can recall, Polestar beforehand launched an idea automotive known as the Principle. The Principle was additionally proven with no rear window. Polestar’s head of design, Maximilian Missoni, says: “With Polestar Principle we previewed a surprising new occupant expertise by eradicating the rear window and pushing the rear header, which performs an integral security function, additional again. Which means that rear occupants can now have a novel expertise in our SUV coupe.” We stay skeptical, however name our curiosity piqued — will a trip contained in the Polestar’s rear-windowless cabin be sick? Or will it make us sick?
How’s the Polestar 4’s tech?
Polestar offers a novel expertise for every kind of drivers, whether or not an EV beginner or a full-on tech-head. By means of its excellent Google integration, Polestar’s infotainment system needs to be very acquainted to plenty of drivers. Identical to each different mannequin within the lineup, the Polestar 4’s infotainment system turns into an extension of your telephone — howdy, Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play! It is really easy that after you join your telephone to the automotive, the big 15.4-inch landscape-oriented touchscreen is rather like one other cellular machine. Belief us, Apple followers — despite the fact that CarPlay continues to be out there, you might end up a Google convert.
Audiophiles can improve to a Harman Kardon audio system with 12 audio system, 1,400-watt channel-hybrid amplifier, and an extra elective two front-seat headrest audio system.
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