Polestar 4 electric performance SUV coupé unveiled

Developed as a fully electric performance SUV, the Polestar 4 transforms the aerodynamics of a coupé and the space of an SUV into a new model offering. Positioned between the 2 and 3 in terms of size and price, it borrows heavily from the Precept concept car.

There’s no rear window either, creating a new kind of immersive rear occupant experience, along with a unique driving one. Aerodynamic efficiency is enhanced by the low nose, retractable door handles, and flush glazing with frameless windows.

Rear aero blades and air flow optimisation around the rear light bar add to this. Built on long wheelbase, it features generous interior proportions, in a space that includes reclining rear seats.

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Adjustable ambient lighting adds an extra dimension to the interior, and is inspired by the solar system. The standard full-length glass roof is available with optional electrochromic functionality, allowing for opaque or transparent execution depending on the mood.

Thanks to the elimination of the rear window, the glass roof stretches beyond the rear occupants’ heads, creating a truly unique interior ambience. A secondary media and climate control screen is mounted between the front seats to enable rear occupant control.

The rear-view mirror is replaced by a high-definition screen that shows a real-time feed from a roof-mounted rear camera – enabling a far wider field of view than what can be experienced in most modern cars.

New exterior colours include Storm and Electron, and a unique new interior colour, Mist. As you might expect, there’s a heavy use of recycled materials too, including a tailored knit textile made from 100 per cent recycled polyester.

Carpet produced from recycled PET plastics, bio-attributed MicroTech vinyl and animal welfare-secured Nappa leather upholsteries also feature. Specific door trim panels are also made from natural fibre polypropylene.

2024 Polestar 4
2024 Polestar 4

It’s not all about environmental goodness though, the Polestar 4 is quick. In its long range dual motor form, the 0-100 km/h sprint can be completed in just 3.8 seconds and maximum power output is 400kW, offering 680Nm of torque. Range is estimated at 560km.

Sharp steering and handling responses feature, and dual and single motor versions will be available. The latter features rear-wheel drive. Semi-active suspension can be found on the dual-motor version for an additional layer of adjustment too.

Wheels range from 20 to 22-inches in size, depending on the version, with tyres supplied by Pirelli and Michelin. A disconnect clutch allows the car to disengage the front electric motor when not needed, to maximise range and efficiency.

Up to 200kW DC and 22kW AC charging is included for all versions, and the charge lid is motorised. It’s bi-directional, with vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability at launch providing for external devices to draw power from Polestar 4.

A heat pump is standard, allowing the car to capitalise on ambient heat. A new drive optimisation function allows the driver to select between range or performance driving modes in the long range dual motor version as well.

The long range single motor version features a 200kW and 343Nm motor at the rear and a range of up to 600km. From a tech perspective, the Polestar 4 features an infotainment system powered by Android Automotive OS and the Snapdragon Cockpit Platform.

A 15.4-inch landscape-oriented screen features Google built-in, including Assistant, Maps and Play. A Harman Kardon audio system is available as an option with 12 speakers and 1,400-Watt channel-hybrid amplifier.

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Inside the 2024 Polestar 4 (overseas model shown)

An additional two headrest speakers are added to each front seat with the optional Nappa Pack, raising the total to 16. Naturally, Apple CarPlay is included. As with all other Polestar cars, regular over-the-air (OTA) updates are also provided.

New safety technology includes a SuperVision Advanced Driver Assistance System from Mobileye. A total of twelve cameras, one radar and twelve ultrasonic sensors are fitted as standard. This includes a driver monitoring camera to relay data (and not record).

It monitors the driver’s eyes and head movements to help avoid incidents related to fatigue or incapacitation. Together with hands-on detection in the steering wheel, the driver monitoring system helps to keep the driver actively engaged in driving, as required.

A 10.2-inch driver display is mounted ahead of the steering column and includes speed, battery and range information. When engaged by various assistance systems, a virtual environment can show other road users,  driving assistance functions and navigation.

To reduce distraction, a head-up display with 14.7-inch projection area in front of the driver relays key vehicle, telephony and navigation information to the windscreen, further improving driver attentiveness.

A clever ‘snow mode’ function for the HUD switches the text colour from white to yellow, improving visibility in snowy environments. The optional Pilot Pack includes enhanced Pilot Assist with lane change assistance.

Other optional add-ons include the Plus Pack, which comprises comfort and technology upgrades, with the Plus Pro Pack adding a colour-coded body execution, the electrochromic glass roof and additional interior illumination.

The Nappa Pack can be specified in addition to the Plus Pack, and includes animal welfare-secured Nappa leather upholstery with ventilation, massage and additional headrest speakers for the front seats.

The Pilot Pack includes Pilot Assist and its extended features. The Performance Pack increases the performance look and driving experience of the long range dual motor version, with 22-inch wheels, and 4-piston Brembo brakes.

A Polestar Engineered performance chassis tune and Swedish gold details for the brakes, seat belts and valve caps are also included. Set to launch in early 2024, local pricing is yet to be confirmed.

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