The Polestar Golem 4×4 EV Concept Shows Serious Off-Road Potential

The Polestar Golem 4×4 EV concept has a bit of a Isuzu VehiCROSS vibe – and that’s a good thing

Recently, we’ve seen a wave of off-road EV concepts, like this Polestar Golem 4×4 EV concept, proliferate online media. The main reasons are based on the growing popularity of electric vehicles, large automakers committing to going all electric and EV startups. One of the vehicles that’s leading the ‘charge’ is the 2021 GMC Hummer EV, which is coming to dealerships soon.

Taking into account our insatiable thirst for trucks, SUVs, and off-roaders, it only makes sense that several automakers are looking at the value of building 4×4 EVs. That could include new players like Polestar. These renderings, which came from the talented Shubham Singh, show an interesting take on powertrain sharing. Unfortunately, there are no technical specifications along with the design.

You can see more exterior design details on Behance.com.

This is the 2000 Isuzu VehiCROSS – a design way ahead of its time. It looks a little bit like the Polestar Golem 4×4 concept – no? (Image: Isuzu)

Here’s my speculation about the Polestar Golem 4×4 concept’s powertrain potential:

This concept, which is about the size of a two-door Jeep Wrangler, could use a powertrain out of the Polestar 2. The current Polestar 2 has two electric motors, each one powering the front and rear end. The cool part is that each motor produces 201 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque, for a total output of 402 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque. Now, 487 lb-ft of torque would be epic off-road. That’s more than the Jeep Wrangler 4xe’s already impressive torque numbers.

The Polestar 2 has a range of about 230 miles, so the same power source tugging massive tires and a heavier platform looks like it would have a far more limited range. Then again, a few extra cells could make all the difference. Still the Polestar weights over 4,700 lbs, so this concept would pretty hefty. Currently, the Polestar 2 has a 78.0-kWh lithium-­ion battery pack underneath the passengers.

The Polestar Golem 4×4 EV concept is a collection of renderings right now. There are no running examples or even a model at present. Polestar has not addressed future products that are off-road-oriented – yet.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.