Last summer, leaked patent images previewed an upcoming electric saloon from Polestar and just a few weeks later, a prototype of the model was shown during the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Polestar 5 isn’t scheduled to hit the market until next year but we are happy to share the first spy photos with a disguised prototype testing in winter conditions.

These distant shots depict a trial vehicle wearing full-body camouflage and provisional headlights. Those little round lighting units at the front will likely be replaced by slim L-shaped clusters as seen in the patent images from June 2022. Even with all that camo foil that’s covering the car though, the Polestar 5 already shows its sleek proportions, combining a sloped roofline with large overhangs for a grand tourer-like overall silhouette. Almost nothing is visible at the back but there’s an interesting fixed rubber spoiler attached to the rear hatch worth noting.

Gallery: Polestar 5 spy photos

During the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year, Polestar announced a flagship version of the car that will have a dual-motor electric powertrain with a peak output of 882 bhp (650 kilowatts) and 900 Newton-metres (664 pound-feet) of torque. Overall, the Polestar 5 will reportedly ride on an 800-volt architecture and will be equipped with a massive 103-kilowatt-hour battery pack. We suppose there will be more affordable single-motor versions, as well as smaller battery options.

To a certain extent, the production version of the Polestar 5 will be a direct competitor for the Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model S, Audi E-Tron GT, and the likes, offering a mix between grand tourer styling and comfort and a performance car-like power and road behavior. It is probably safe to assume it will be positioned as the brand’s range-topping offering.

Speaking of Polestar’s range, the new electric sedan is expected to be unveiled next year and go on sale as a 2024 model. Before that, the Swedish brand will also release the Polestar 3 on the market later this year, followed by the debut of the Polestar 4. Pricing and availability for the Polestar 5 are not known at the moment.