Polestar 2 updated for 2024 - Bigger battery, more power, longer range
The face of the car has been redesigned as well
Polestar has just announced that it is giving its 5-door electric performance fastback, the Polestar 2, a major update for the 2024 model year.
The premium compact EV will feature a new high-tech front end that reflects the design language premiered by Polestar 3, substantial performance increases with all-new electric motors, even more powerful batteries, sustainability improvements and, for the first time in a Polestar, rear-wheel drive.
First unveiled in 2019, The Polestar 2 was the first car in the world to feature an infotainment system powered by Android Automotive OS with Google built-in, an experience that continues to evolve and lead the industry.
That being said, the SmartZone technology also makes its debut on Polestar 2, signifying the shift from breathing to seeing and reflecting the high-tech nature of Polestar vehicles.
Like on Polestar 3, the SmartZone hosts some of the vehicle’s most important active safety features, including the front facing camera and mid-range radar.
The 20-inch forged alloy wheels in the Performance Pack have been updated as well, to align Polestar 2 in its sportiest expression with that of Polestar 3.
The single-motor variants are now rear-wheel driven, powered by a newly developed permanent magnet motor and silicon carbide inverter.
The new motor has a power output of up to 220 kW (increased from 170 kW) and is optimised for maximum efficiency and high torque (490 Nm, up from 330 Nm) to further increase the dynamic performance of the car.
Meanwhile the 0-100 km/h sprint time has been reduced by as much as 1.2 seconds, down to 6.2 seconds.
As for the dual-motor version, it is now rear-drive-bias thanks to a completely re-balanced drivetrain setup and torque-ratio. The new rear motor is the primary drive source, supported on the front axle by a new asynchronous motor.
This enables higher total system output of 310 kW and 740 Nm (increased from the original 300 kW and 660 Nm), vastly improved traction, greater overall efficiency and higher performance – 0-100 km/h is achieved in 4.5 seconds.
Range improvements are in effect for all versions due to the larger and improved batteries, and the optimisation of power delivery from the more powerful motors.
Where the driving range is concerned, the Long range Dual motor variant can cover 592 km (increase of 105 km) while the Standard range Single motor version is now capable of up to 518 km WLTP, an increase of 40 km.
Last but not least, the Long range Single motor variant can now achieve up to 635 km which is an increase of 84 km.