The Swedish electric vehicle brand Polestar does not intend to sit on its laurels. Following the launch of the Polestar 3 at the end of 2022, and the announcement of several other vehicles that will arrive in the coming years, the company continues to update its only consumer model currently on offer. For 2024, the Polestar 2 will receive many improvements, both in terms of design and technical side.
SmartZone in the foreground
Although the lines of the Polestar 2 hatchback will remain essentially the same, the front will be significantly modified. In fact, it is rather the grille that will receive changes, since it will go from a texture covered with squares to a flat surface that hides several technological elements, in addition to resuming the same style as the Polestar 3. This part, called SmartZone, includes an array of sensors, such as a camera and medium-range radar, which are useful for semi-autonomous driving. In addition, it contains heating elements that aim to keep the surface free of snow or ice in winter conditions.
For the rest, the design remains virtually unchanged. However, some versions have their basic endowment improved. This is particularly the case of the Long Range version with all-wheel drive, which includes the Pilot package as standard, which includes, among other things, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control and 360-degree cameras. Additionally, the Performance option package now comes standard with the Plus package.
New engines and propulsion
The basic version with traction is now set aside to be replaced by a new version with propulsion, which also offers greater power and greater autonomy. It increases to 299 horsepower, against 231, which reduces the acceleration time from 0-100 km / h to 6.2 seconds. The switch to propulsion also comes with the installation of a larger capacity battery, now reaching 82 kilowatt hours and featuring chemistry that reduces its ecological footprint by 1.1 tonnes of CO₂. Thus, the autonomy climbs to 482 kilometers, an improvement of 48 kilometers.
In the case of the dual motor versions, the battery remains 78 kilowatt hours, but the motors are improved. Vehicles now favor rear-wheel drive to improve performance, and total power climbs, in the case of the Long Range AWD version, to 421 horsepower, good for a 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. For vehicles equipped with the Performance Package, power peaks at 455 horsepower, and 0-100 drops to 4.3 seconds. These two versions offer an estimated range of 434 kilometers, an increase of 16 kilometers compared to the most economical version of the current Long Range.
In the case of all-wheel-drive versions, to further improve energy savings, the front motor, now an asynchronous type, can be fully disengaged. If more power is needed, the front motor kicks in again.
As of now, no pricing data for the 2024 edition has been released, but the front-drive 2023 edition has a starting price of $56,250. The first 2024 models will arrive in the summer of 2023.