The Polestar 3 electric mid-size SUV was unveiled in October 2022, but its market debut is still months away with UK deliveries of the Polestar 3 estimated to begin later this year.

The good news is development of the Polestar 3 is nearing completion. According to the company, the electric SUV recently completed two weeks of extreme hot weather testing in the United Arab Emirates.

After the Polestar 3 enjoyed its global dynamic debut at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, prototypes were shipped to the UAE in August with a development team of engineers. Their mission was to fine-tune the climate system in one of the hottest environments on the planet.

Gallery: Polestar 3 extreme hot weather testing in UAE

The Polestar 3 prototypes were driven in the urban metropolises of Abu Dhabi and Dubai and in the deserts surrounding them in temperatures up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius).

The company says this was one of several extreme weather tests that Polestar cars undergo during development.

"The Polestar 3 development and testing program is progressing well, and I expect production to start in Q1 2024. Polestar 3 is at the start of its journey and customers can now visit our retail locations around the world to see its great proportions and sit in its exclusive and innovative interior," said Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO.

Polestar has already shipped three prototype display cars to be shown to customers in selected Polestar Space across 27 markets. These vehicles will be followed by test drive cars in 2024.

The Polestar 3 is already available to order online for a fully refundable deposit. UK prices starts from £79,900.