Volvo’s spin-off, the Polestar 2 all-electric hatchback, made its first appearance in 2020, and to keep things fresh and competitive, engineers have applied a major update for 2024. Revealed Tuesday’s five-door liftback modifications include an upgraded electric motor, facelift and more standard. Equipment, increased range, and the first-ever rear-wheel drive option.
An updated electric motor and an upgraded battery pack greatly increase power and total mileage. Most notably of all, rear-wheel drive will replace the current front-wheel drive layout in single-motor variants. The dual-motor all-wheel-drive Polestar 2 remains an option.
Previously, on the two-wheel drive Polestar 2, the front wheels powered the ground. The 2024 model refresh will do away with the front-wheel drive version in favor of strictly rear-wheel power.
“By changing from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive in the single-motor variant, and rebalancing the torque ratio for a better rear-wheel drive feel in the dual-motor variant, the Polestar 2 takes the driving experience to a whole new level. Joachim Ridholm, Polestar’s Chief of Chassis Development, said in a statement: “The updated Polestar 2 is a more playful and agile car that retains its compactness and total control feel while at the same time being more comfortable and more mature.”
Along with changes to the powertrain layout, power output for the single-motor version jumps to 299 horsepower, and an impressive 361 lb-ft of torque, up from 231 hp and 243 lb-ft respectively. On the other hand, you can see the bump in the dual motor version. From 408 hp and 467 lb-ft to 421 hp and 546 lb-ft.
As a result, the zero-to-60 sprint time for the 2-wheel model has been reduced by over a second, from 7 seconds to 5.9 seconds. vs 4.2. An optional performance pack squeezes out even more juice, but power output rises to 455 horsepower and his zero-to-60 time is 4.1 seconds.
Despite the increased performance, the single-motor range has increased from 270 miles to a maximum of 300 miles, while the dual motor can go from 260 to 270 miles. This is the result of the new and improved 82 kWh. Battery and old 78 kWh pack. The new pack of rear-wheel drive Polestar 2 also benefits from fast charging of up to 205 kW versus 155 kW.
Polestar’s new ‘SmartZone’ approach to vehicle design and engineering is also reflected visually in the vehicle’s front end 2. This philosophy takes into account the newly standardized use of driver assistance and safety systems, rather than the intake and exhaust requirements that were once necessary to improve the performance of internal combustion engines.
But since the Polestar 2 is all-electric, it doesn’t need a big grille to cool the engine. As such, the front-end is sculpted with a function-following form approach, keeping sensory technology in mind. Similar to the front he end of the yet to be launched Polestar 3 SUV.
All dual-motor versions also come standard with the previously optional Pilot Pack, including Blind Spot Detection with Steering-Based Collision Mitigation, Rear Cross Traffic Alert with Automatic Braking and Collision Mitigation, and Radar Guidance. Cruise control, 360°-degree parking camera system, auto-dimming mirrors, full LED fog lights with cornering assist.
If you choose the Performance Pack, you’ll also receive a large overall Pilot Pack with upgraded Brembo performance brakes, Öhlins dual flow valve dampers, Polestar software, gold seatbelts and bespoke 20″ forged wheels.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but current 2023 models start at $48,400 for the single motor and $51,900 for the dual motor. Pricing will be published later this year and may include price increases.
“We are constantly working to improve our product and have switched to rear-wheel drive with our next-generation electric motor,” a Polestar representative said EXCLUSIVELY. Forbes Wheel. “In 2023, with strong sales of the Polestar 2 and the first deliveries of the Polestar 3 later in the year, we expect overall global sales to increase by nearly 60% to around 80,000 units. I anticipate.”