Polestar 4 goes on sale without a rear window

The Polestar 4, a vehicle that features no rear window, has officially gone on sale in Australia. With production due to start mid-year, first delivers of the crossover are expected from August.

Featuring the aerodynamics of a coupé and the space of an SUV, the Polestar 4 will be the car maker’s fastest production model to date. Sitting above the Polestar 2 but below the Polestar 3 in terms of size and price, it sports a unique design, particularly at the rear.

The elimination of the rear window enables a new kind of immersive rear occupant experience that sees passengers cocooned in an intimate environment, with electrically reclining seats.

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Adjustable ambient lighting adds an extra dimension to the interior, while the standard full-length 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 too.

In that way, it enables a far wider field of view than what can be experienced in most modern cars. The digital feed can be deactivated to allow drivers to instead see rear occupants if needed.

New exterior colours Storm and Electron, and a unique new interior colour, Mist, make their debut on the Polestar 4 as well. As with all models from the Geely owned car brand, sustainability remains paramount to the vehicle’s design.

A mono-material approach, first presented in the Polestar electric roadster concept in 2022, is applied to interior materials, where all layers of certain components are produced from the same base material. This allows them to be recycled more effectively and efficiently.

New interior materials include a tailored knit textile which consists of 100 per cent 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.

To be offered in both single and dual motor variants, the Polestar 4 will be capable of a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 3.8 seconds and maximum power output of 400kW (686Nm of torque) in its most performance focused form.

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2024 Polestar 4

A 100kWh battery is fitted to long-range versions, ensuring an approximate range of 580km-610km (variant dependent). 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, along with bi-directional hardware (for future vehicle-to-load functionality). A heat pump is fitted as standard, allowing the car to capitalise on ambient heat when preconditioning the cabin and battery.

On the tech front, the Android Auto powered infotainment system utilises a 15.4-inch landscape-oriented screen. It features Google Assistant, Maps and Play, and can be optionally paired to a 12-speaker 1,400-watt Harman Kardon audio system.

Wireless Apple CarPlay is also included, along with over-the-air software updates, and a 12 camera driver assistance system. The latter includes a driver monitoring setup designed to help avoid incidents related to fatigue or incapacitation.

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, functions and navigation.

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

A host of optional packs can also be added, including the Plus Pack, Pro Pack and Pilot Pack, with each adding such things as various technology improvements, additional safety specifications, bigger wheels, brakes, and performance bits (option dependent).

In terms of pricing, the Long Range Single Motor variant starts from $81,500, with the Long Range Dual Motor priced at $93,050 (both plus on-roads). To can configure your own on the Polestar website. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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