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We got an early look at the coolest new electric SUV you’ve never heard of. See inside the $84,000 Polestar 3.

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A white Polestar 3 electric SUV against a black background.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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  • The Polestar 3 is one of the coolest new electric SUVs. 
  • The SUV costs $83,900 to start, and you’ll start seeing them on the streets in late 2023. 
  • The futuristic EV boasts a sustainable interior, more than 500 horsepower, and 300 miles of range. 
You may not have heard of Polestar yet, but just give it time.The front of the white Polestar 3 electric SUV, against a black background.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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The fresh-faced electric-vehicle brand has been quietly growing since its launch in 2017, and it’s about to drop its most important model yet.A close-up shot of a sticker on the  Polestar 3 electric SUV reading "Polestar 3 111 kWh 380 KW"The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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The Polestar 3 will be the startup’s very first SUV when it hits streets later this year.A white Polestar 3 electric SUV, viewed from the front, against a black and white background.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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It’ll be crucial for snagging the attention of US buyers, who, as we all know, love their SUVs.The rear of a white Polestar 3 electric SUV, with a red brake light strip across its hatch.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Read more: Review: The $155,000 Polestar 1 is unlike any car on the road — and a collector’s item waiting to happen

Polestar brought the 3 to Manhattan for its US debut this week, where Insider was among the first to get up close and personal with the striking SUV.The driver's headrest of the Polestar 3 electric SUV.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Here’s a tour of the $83,900 Polestar 3 and all it has to offer:The steering wheel in the Polestar 3 electric SUV, with a small display behind.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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The Polestar 3 follows up the Polestar 1 (a $155,000 hybrid two-door) and the Polestar 2 (a wonderful electric sedan) as the company’s third model.The doors of the Polestar 3 electric SUV, ajar.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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It’ll be built in China to start (Polestar is jointly owned by Volvo and its Chinese parent company, Geely) and additional production will start in South Carolina in 2024.The front seats of the Polestar 3 electric SUV, as viewed from outside the driver's door.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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It doesn’t look like your everyday SUV.The rear of a white Polestar 3 electric SUV, with tall windows in the background.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Just like the Polestar 2, the Polestar 3 is defined by sharp angles, chunky features, and exaggerated proportions.The hood and headlights of the Polestar 3 electric SUV.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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It’s remarkably long, squat, and wide — almost more like a lifted station wagon than a tall, conventional SUV.The Polestar 3 electric SUV, viewed from the back left.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Unique touches like a front wing (for aerodynamics) make the Polestar 3 all the more eye-catching.The Polestar 3 electric SUV's front wing.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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But the Polestar’s distinct styling isn’t just for turning heads. It’s also for reducing drag and boosting range. Despite all the boxy edges, the SUV slips through the air better than a Porsche 911, Gregor Hembrough, head of Polestar USA, told Insider.The doorsill of the Polestar 3 electric SUV, featuring a Polestar logo.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Polestar is all about minimalist design — chalk that up to its Swedish DNA — which means its cars don’t come with all the busy badging you’d normally expect.The rear hatch of the Polestar 3 electric SUV.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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There are just a couple of cryptic logos and some teeny-tiny stickers that give more details. It adds to Polestar’s mysterious allure.A close-up shot of a sticker on the Polestar 3 electric SUV reading "Polestar 3 111 kWh/380 kW"The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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The all-wheel-drive EV makes an impressive 489 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque, allowing for a breezy 0-60-mph time of 4.9 seconds, according to the brand.The front trunk of the Polestar 3 electric SUV, with a cover.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Buyers who opt for the $6,000 Performance Pack can expect even more power and torque, plus a slightly quicker sprint to 60 mph.The front trunk of the Polestar 3 electric SUV, with the cover removed.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Polestar pegs range at around 300 miles, but that hasn’t been EPA-verifed yet.The front passenger side mirror of the Polestar 3 electric SUV.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Inside, the Polestar 3 offers five roomy seats with a cool, perforated design.A white rear seat in the Polestar 3 electric SUV, with a yellow seatbelt.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Faux-leather upholstery comes standard, or buyers can upgrade to leather and wool (which Polestar says are vetted for their sustainability). The vehicle I saw had the latter.The white back seats of the Polestar 3 electric SUV, viewed from outside the vehicle.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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There’s generous headroom and legroom thanks to a flat floor. But you sit low and stretched out, rather than upright like in most SUVs.The headrests and sunroof in the Polestar 3 electric SUV.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Up front, the driver gets a small display instead of regular gauges.The Polestar 3 electric SUV's digital screen shown behind its steering wheel.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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And they get a big, 14.5-inch touchscreen running a Google-developed operating system, which is remarkably easy to read and use. It helps the interior feel uncluttered and open.A large, portait oriented touchscreen in the  Polestar 3 electric SUV, with tiles displaying different functions and settings.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Polestar packed the 3 with all sorts of other advanced tech, like interior radar sensors that detect “sub-millimeter movements” and ensure you don’t accidentally leave your pet or child inside.The steering wheel, screen, and dashboard of the Polestar 3 electric SUV, viewed from its back seat.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Powering its driver-assistance and safety tech are five exterior radars, five cameras, and 12 ultrasonic sensors. Much of that is housed in the “SmartZone” on the Polestar 3’s nose.A close-up shot of the SmartZone in the Polestar 3 electric SUV's nose.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Lidar technology, which creates a 3D map of the environment surrounding a vehicle, will be an option and should help Polestar offer “unaided driving on the highway,” as Hembrough puts it. No US cars currently offer lidar, though Mercedes is also introducing it soon.Wood trim in the interior of the Polestar 3 electric SUV.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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Despite the emphasis on cutting-edge tech, Hembrough said he doesn’t expect the brand to get rid of buttons altogether. There’s still a nice, big volume knob, which customer surveys said was a must.A close-up shot of the volume knob in the Polestar 3 electric SUV.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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The Polestar 3 should be in customers’ hands toward the end of 2023, and a cheaper model is on the way after that.The Polestar 3 electric SUV, viewed from behind, with its cargo hatch open, exposing its cargo area.The Polestar 3 electric SUV.

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