The current EV renaissance has been underway properly for a few years now, and we’re at the point where the first of those EVs are undergoing a mid-life update. Later this year, a modified Polestar 2 will go into production, featuring more standard equipment, a new nose, and all-new electric motors.
“Typically in the automotive industry, a facelift introduces superficial visual changes that often subvert the original intent of a car’s design theme. With the new Polestar 2 model year, we instead went below the surface and upgraded the core technical and mechanical components of the electric vehicle,” said Polestar CEO Thomas. Ingenlath.
The biggest changes are reserved for the single-engined Polestar 2. This will now come with an 82kWh battery pack, compared to 78kWh packs in the twin-engine cars, and should be enough for up to 300 miles (483km) on a single charge, though Polestar is still awaiting an estimate. The official EPA domain.
There’s a new permanent magnet motor and silicon carbide inverter, and now the motor drives the rear wheels, not the fronts. Power and torque have increased significantly as well, from 231 PS (172 kW) to 295 PS (220 kW) and from 243 lb-ft (330 Nm) to 361 lb-ft (490 Nm), down more than a second from the 0-60 time mph. The larger battery pack can also be charged at up to 205 kW.
The power balance of the dual motor Polestar 2 has been changed, so it is now rear biased unlike both the front and rear motors which have the same output. Power increases marginally, too, from 402 hp (300 kW) to 416 hp (310 kW), and torque is slightly more, from 486 lb-ft (660 Nm) to 546 lb-ft (740 Nm). Traction has been improved, which reduces the 0-60 mph time to 4.3 seconds, and the front-wheel drive can now disengage when coasting to improve range efficiency. Polestar says it can expect up to 270 miles (435 km) for this version.
An optional performance package boosts power to 449 hp (335 kW), along with the addition of Öhlins dual-flow valve dampers, Brembo brakes, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, some software changes, and Polestar’s signature gold seatbelts. But if you just want an energy boost and no other goodies, that’s possible with a remote unlock program.
“Changing from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive in the single-engine variants and re-tuning the torque ratio in the dual-engine variant to increase the feel of rear-wheel drive elevates the Polestar 2 driving experience to a whole new level,” he said. Joakim Rydholm, Head of Structures Development at Polestar. “The updated Polestar 2 is a more playful and nimble car, retaining its grip and full sense of control, while at the same time becoming more mature with more comfort.”
Polestar says the new battery chemistry means carbon emissions for building a long-range single-engine version are down by 1.1 metric tons, to 5.9 metric tons per vehicle. It also bumps up the equipment levels on some cars, adding the Pilot Pack (which includes driver assistance such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alerts) as standard on the twin-engined Polestar 2 for North America.
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