electric cars |  The Polestar 2 gets rear-wheel drive and more range

electric cars | The Polestar 2 gets rear-wheel drive and more range

For the new model year, the Polestar 2 will receive a comprehensive update that includes a redesigned front end, new electric motors and more powerful batteries. Single-engine variants are now rear-wheel drive.

Polestar’s 5-door hatchback, the Polestar 2, which has been on the market since 2029, is getting a major update. For the 2024 model year, the compact electric car has a new front end that is intended to reflect the design language of the Polestar 3. In addition, the Polestar 2 gets a performance upgrade with new electric motors, more powerful batteries and – the first on a Polestar – rear-wheel drive. The new Polestar 2 is now available to order in Europe. Other markets will follow later. The first delivery is expected in the third quarter of 2023.

For the first time there is a major design change on the Polestar 2. The previously open black front grille is replaced by the so-called “Smart Zone”, which makes its debut in the Polestar 2, in the color of the car. As with the Polestar 3, the Smart Zone retains some of the car’s key active safety features, including a forward-facing camera and mid-range radar. The Performance Pack’s 20″ forged alloy wheels have been updated to bring the Polestar 2 in line with the Polestar 3 in its sportiest guise.

For the first time with a rear wheel drive

All Polestar 2 variants are equipped with new-generation engines and transmissions, designed to increase efficiency and performance. The single-engine variants are now rear-wheel drive and use a new permanent magnet motor made with a silicon carbon alternator. The new engine has a power of up to 220 kW (increased from 170 kW) and a maximum torque of 490 Nm (increased from 330 Nm). The time to run from 0 to 100 km / h should drop from 1.2 to 6.2 s.

The performance of the twin engine variant is also increased due to the new balanced powertrain and torque ratio. The new rear engine is the main power source and is assisted by a new asynchronous motor on the front axle. This is said to allow a higher total system output of 310 kW and 740 Nm (up from the previous 300 kW and 660 Nm), improved traction, higher overall efficiency and higher performance. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h should be achieved in 4.5 s. To help increase efficiency, the front engine can now be turned off completely when not needed. If more power is needed, the front motor turns on again. With the optional performance package, up to 350 kW and an acceleration time of 0-100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds is possible.

Distance up to 635 km

All Polestar 2 variants are equipped with improved lithium-ion batteries. The long range variants now have 82 kWh batteries from CATL with 27 modules. The battery for the normal range variants still has a capacity of 69 kWh with 24 modules and is now supplied by LG Chem.

The updated batteries, with a redesigned battery disconnect unit, improved power rails and improved cell chemistry, are said to enable charging speeds of up to 205 kW DC for the long-range batteries and 135 kW for the standard battery.

The bigger battery and improved power output of the more powerful engines should ensure a longer range in all ranges. According to Polestar, this is now up to 592km WLTP, which corresponds to an increase of 105km. The standard single-engine range is now up to 518km WLTP, an increase of 40km, while the long-range single-engine variant comes up to 635km WLTP , an increase of 84km.

Driver awareness features are now part of standard equipment

The Polestar 2’s standard equipment has also been revised. Driver assistance systems such as Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with steering assist, Cross-Traffic Alert with brake assist and Rear Collision Warning and Mitigation, as well as a camera of 360° Surround View and auto-dimming exterior mirrors are now standard equipment. A wireless charging option for mobile phones is now also included as standard across the range.