Polestar, the electrical car model spun off from Volvo, simply unveiled a brand new SUV that shall be on the market in america subsequent 12 months. It lastly does away with one thing that’s develop into more and more pointless in new autos, anyway: The again window.
The Polestar 4 is a “coupe-shaped” SUV, with a rear roof that slopes down relatively than having a flat again finish. This has been a stylish car type for years now, with many fashions from manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes and Audi adopting the type. In these fashions, rear visibility — which is not so nice in SUVs, anyway — is especially poor by the shallow slant of the again glass.
However that’s not typically an enormous downside nowadays. Since 2018, the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration has required all autos to have back-up cameras that come on each time the car is in reverse. These cameras present a greater view than one might get utilizing the within rear view mirror, anyway, particularly in an SUV. At any fee, again home windows should not expressly required by US auto security laws, in keeping with Polestar.
Beside that, many autos even have camera-based rear view mirrors contained in the cabin as a substitute of simply the common reflecting mirror. These present a view behind the automobile that’s truly from a digital camera on the again of the car. That manner, the rear view “mirror” all the time has a transparent view, even when there are tall passengers or cargo within the again.
The Polestar 4 has one of many video-based rear view mirrors. Just like the video mirrors in different automobiles, it could possibly additionally work as an everyday reflecting mirror however, since there’s no again window, drivers will simply see their backseat passengers when it’s used this fashion. Polestar notes this can be a useful characteristic for fogeys throughout these “Would you like me to show this automobile round proper now?” moments.
Not having a again window additionally permits for a greater view for backseat occupants, in keeping with Polestar. The Polestar’s 4’s moonroof stretches farther again than it might if there have been a again window, giving these within the again a greater have a look at the sky.
The Polestar 4 will go on sale late subsequent 12 months with costs beginning at about $60,000.