Polestar 4 SUV goes on sale in Europe and Australia

The Polestar 4 initially launched as a China-first EV and is the company’s third electric car. Following the start of production and the first deliveries in China in late 2023, online sales in Europe are now open with configurators raking up prices.

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The starting price in Euro markets is 61,900 euros plus the transfer fee, which drives the price up to €63,200. In the UK, Polestar wants £59,990 for the Long-range single-motor version; the dual-motor layout comes in at £66,990.

The company expects deliveries to start in August 2024, with the start of production for the European markets set for mid-2024. These will be imports since the Polestar 4 has been rolling off the line at Geely’s plant in Hangzhou Bay since late 2023, as reported.

The model is based on Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), which has formed the basis for numerous electric vehicles in recent years. From the platform, the Polestar 4 takes over the permanently excited synchronous motors; in the dual motor, or AWD version, these come with a system output of 400 kW and a torque of 686 Nm. The single-motor variant with rear-wheel drive delivers 200 kW of power and 343 Nm of torque.

In any drive configuration, the battery contains 100 kWh for ranges of up to 600 kilometres. Indeed, in the UK, Polestar states a preliminary WLTP range of 379 miles or 609 km for the single motor layout. The Long-range Dual motor features 400 kW (544 hp), 686 Nm and a preliminary range target of up to 580 km WLTP.

Polestar adds that this version also allows drivers to choose between Range or Performance driving modes. Performance mode sharpens up responsiveness from the powertrain and engages both motors at all times for full power delivery. Range mode prioritises efficiency, adapting the powertrain to a calmer style and forcing the use of only the rear motor. A disconnect clutch additionally allows the car to disengage the front electric motor when not needed to maximise range and efficiency.

According to the manufacturer, a “semi-active suspension” is also active in the all-wheel drive vehicle, which is intended to provide an additional balance between comfort and performance dynamics.

Depending on the configuration, the wheels are between 20 and 22 inches in size and are supplied by Pirelli and Michelin.

The battery can be charged with up to 200 kW in both drive variants, but Polestar does not specify the charging time from ten to 80 percent. On the other hand, there is a 22 kW on-board charger for charging with AC as standard. 

In addition, the company confirms the vehicle-to-load function but says it will be available at a later date. External devices can thus draw power from the Polestar 4’s drive battery; vehicle-to-home or vehicle-to-grid are yet to come.

A heat pump is also fitted as standard, helping the car to capitalise on ambient heat when preconditioning the cabin and battery, writes Polestar.

Polestar also stresses that the 4 is not only the fastest to production but also the fastest car in the range as it accelerates in 3.8 seconds to 100 km/h.

As Polestar numbers its models chronologically, deducing the size or segment from the label alone is impossible. In fact, the Polestar 4 is positioned as an SUV coupé – both in terms of size and price – between the Polestar 2 mid-size saloon and the larger Polestar 3 SUV. It is still the company’s third available model since the Polestar 2 is currently delayed.

The Polestar 4 sits in the D-segment, and with a length of 4.84 metres and a width of 2.14 metres, it is no small car. The vehicle was designed as an SUV coupé from the outset rather than derived from an SUV model and is 1.54 metres high on a wheelbase of 2.999 metres. According to the company, there should be no compromises in rear headroom; there are also adjustable seats in the rear.

One of the most striking features of the Polestar 4 is the lack of a rear window – the Polestar 5 saloon will also do without. CEO Thomas Ingenlath describes “a virtual rear window with world-class digital rear-view mirror”.

The company also emphasises its sustainable design. A mono-material approach, where all layers of certain components are produced from the same base material, allows them to be recycled more effectively and efficiently, writes Polestar. New interior materials in the 4 include a tailored knit textile which consists of 100% recycled PET, along with bio-attributed MicroTech vinyl, and traced leather from Bridge of Weir – where the raw hides are by-products of the food industry and come from Scottish farms that are independently rated by the Animal Protection Index as being of the highest global standard.

As for the global markets, Polestar will reportedly supplement production of the Polestar 4 in China by contract manufacturing by Renault Korea Motors in South Korea from the second half of 2025 to serve the North American and South Korean markets.

polestar.com, polestar.com (UK configurator)


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