The 2024 Polestar 2 has more power and rear-wheel-drive smarts

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Cruise changes mid-course mean more speed, better batteries and more range

Polestar has released details of a major European update for the Polestar 2. Featuring more power, better batteries and in-cabin modifications, the 2024 Polestar 2 will debut a single-engined, rear-wheel-drive variant. This comes from behind the news that Volvo is also making rear-wheel drive cars.

Featuring a newly developed permanent magnet motor and silicon carbide commutator, Polestar has greatly increased power output for both single and dual motor setups. The single-motor version, with rear-wheel drive — a first for the brand — brings output to 220 kW (from 170), with the twin-motor improvements featuring rear-wheel bias and 546 lb-ft of torque, up from the 2019 model’s 486 lb-ft.

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Long range versions of the new Polestar 2 get an extra 6kWh of power in the battery, but on top of that, a redesigned battery separator, improved cell chemistry and upgraded busbars mean that the batteries are not only more powerful, but also lighter. The long-range, dual-engine variant can go up to 368 miles, according to WLTP — a jump of 65 miles. In the standard version, range rises by an impressive 52 miles to 322 miles (WLTP).

The changes, not yet available in all markets, enabled engineers to reduce the all-electric vehicle’s 0-62 mph time by one or two seconds and improve traction. They’ve also configured the dual motor so that the front motor can be completely disconnected when not in use to maximize battery efficiency.

“Changing from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive in the single-engine variants, and recalibrating the torque ratio in the dual-motor variant to increase the feel of rear-wheel drive, takes the Polestar 2 driving experience to a whole new level,” said Joachim Riedholm, Head of Chassis Development at Polestar. The updated 2 is a more playful and nimble car, retaining its complete grip and sense of control, while at the same time becoming more mature with more comfort.”

Polestar has been keen to focus on technical upgrades. “Normally in the automotive industry, a facelift introduces superficial visual changes that often destroy the original intent of a car’s design theme,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Head of Polestar, Polestar. With the new model year Polestar 2, we’ve gone below the surface and upgraded the core technical and mechanical components of the range. Electric propulsion. This is the best Polestar 2 yet, and with the updated front design with the new SmartZone, the best looking, too.”

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Debuted in 2019, the new all-electric Polestar 2 was the world’s first car to feature a fully Android-based operating system. The five-speed fastback is now sportier, first seen on the Polestar 3 SUV, which means it gets a slew of active safety features as standard. A front camera, mid-range radar and 30-degree surround view camera enable Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Cross Traffic Alert (CTA), Rear Collision Warning (RCW) and Rear Collision Assist (RCA).

Polestar also brought out a wireless phone charger as standard on all versions as well. Available for pre-order in Europe, first deliveries are expected this autumn and price starts at £44,950.

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