Polestar is busy filling out its lineup and it’s not shy about giving everyone a glimpse. Hot off the heels of showing off the first photo of the Polestar 3, we get our first glimpse of the Polestar 4, the second SUV in the lineup.
In a press release detailing the Polestar brand’s progress and expansion plans, a photo was included with its full lineup. Slotting between the Polestar 3 and Polestar 5, we see the Polestar 4 for the first time under the covers. Unlike previous teasers, this one shows us a lot more.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the Polestar 4 has a unique take on the brand’s signature full-width LED taillights. It’s similar to the Polestar 5 but it doesn’t go down nearly halfway to the rear bumper. We also see the SUV’s coupe-like silhouette, giving it a similar side profile to the Polestar 2. However, the big difference is the lack of a rear decklid, giving the Polestar 4 a conventional hatch rather than a liftback-style one. It’s also smaller than the Polestar 3, putting the Polestar 4 in the most competitive segment in the auto industry: the luxury compact SUV class.
Polestar 4 teased showing silhouette and lighting
As with most battery-electric vehicles of this body style and size, it looks more like a slightly raised hatchback than a rugged SUV, especially with the coupe-like roofline.
Polestar aims to introduce the Polestar 4 next year with production taking place in a Geely facility in Hangzhou Bay, China. The crossover will be underpinned by the Premium Modular Architecture (PMA), a variant of the Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) developed by Volvo and Geely. This platform was developed from the ground up specifically for battery-electric vehicles and will also be used by Volvo for the successor to the XC40 and C40 Recharge, and a new small crossover currently in development under the project code V216. The Polestar 4’s chief competitors will include the upcoming Porsche Macan EV, Audi Q4 e-tron, Genesis GV60, and Lexus RZ 450e.
This year, the Polestar 3 arrives as the brand’s first SUV. It will also be the first Polestar vehicle built in the U.S. at Volvo Car Group’s South Carolina facility alongside Volvo’s upcoming flagship, the Embla. Unlike the Polestar 4, the Polestar 3 will be built on the second-generation Scalable Product Architecture (SPA2), which has been developed with varying levels of electrification in mind. In addition to the Embla, this platform will be shared with several Volvo models including successors to the 60-series vehicles and a new wagon-like crossover slotting between the XC60 and XC90 currently in works under the V546 project code.
Finally, you have the Polestar 5, the production version of the Precept, and the final vehicle in the brand’s product blitz. Due out in 2024, the Polestar 5 will have a brand-specific version of the SPA2 platform that makes extensive use of aluminum to cut weight. It will also ditch the rear window in favor of a camera projecting what’s behind you on the rearview mirror.
The Polestar 5 also gets Polestar exclusive electric motors that won’t be shared with other brands under the Geely automotive umbrella. This includes the P10 unit, which has a two-speed gearbox and can generate more than 600 hp. A Polestar 5 prototype will be shown at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed alongside the Polestar 2.