In a significant move for Australia's burgeoning electric SUV market, the 2024 Polestar 4 is slated for release in August next year, positioning itself as a formidable competitor against the likes of the Tesla Model Y. The vehicle, from the Chinese-owned Volvo electric-car spin-off, is set to be priced from $81,500 before on-road costs, stretching up to $91,500 for the range-topping variant.
The entry-level Long Range Single Motor model features a 200kW/343Nm motor paired with a 94kWh battery, boasting a commendable range of up to 600km. Its competitive pricing aligns it closely with Tesla's Model Y Long Range, BMW's iX1, and Mercedes-Benz's EQA 200.
Polestar 4's range-topper, the Long Range Dual Motor, offers enhanced performance with 400kW power and 686Nm of torque, delivering up to 560km of range. This model accelerates from 0-100km/h in a swift 3.8 seconds, competing directly with the Audi Q4 e-tron 45 Sportback and Tesla Model Y Performance.
Unique to Polestar 4 is the absence of a rear window, replaced by a roof-mounted camera that streams a real-time view to a screen in the cabin. This design provides a wider field of view compared to most modern vehicles.
Polestar 4's Australian buyers can select from a variety of option packages. The $8000 Plus Pack and $7000 Nappa Leather Upgrade offer luxury enhancements like matrix LED headlights, premium sound systems, and Nappa leather upholstery. The $2500 Pro Pack adds 21-inch alloy wheels and colored seatbelts, while the Performance Pack, exclusive to the Dual Motor variant, includes 22-inch alloy wheels and Polestar Engineered performance chassis tuning.
However, the addition of these options can significantly increase the vehicle's price. For example, fully equipping the Long Range Dual Motor can push the cost above $125,000 plus on-road costs.
The Polestar 4 also features standard amenities such as 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, advanced safety technology, and a comprehensive infotainment system. Fast charging capabilities allow for a five to 80 per cent recharge in just 32 minutes under optimal conditions.
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