2024 Polestar 2 debuts with RWD options, more power & range


Polestar has made some significant updates to its all-electric Polestar 2 5-door liftback, but before we begin to talk about all that, be sure to check out.. stars and moons dot sky. Oops! Sorry, we don’t do free advertisements. Or, did we just do it? Either way, the 2024 Polestar 2 prices in Germany start at €50,190. Deliveries are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2023.


1. Battery capacity and charging speed for long-range dual motor remains 78 kWh and 155 kW DC for the United States, Canada, China and South Korea. The long-range single motor version in Korea also retains a 78 kWh battery and a max 155 kW DC charging speed.

2. Standard range version not available in North America.

3. Preliminary data. Official figures are expected later in 2023.

5. Indicative prices in Germany.

Will come back to the variants in just a minute or two, but first, let’s talk about the visual changes. Speaking of which, at first glance, it might seem like there aren’t any whatsoever, but if you look again, the grille has been closed and the area—dubbed as SmartZone—hosts hardware for some of the vehicle’s most important active safety features, including the front-facing camera and mid-range radar, as is the case with the Polestar 3 or any modern EV for that matter.

The rest of the car looks pretty much the same as before, however, you might have also noticed that there are new 20-inch forged alloy wheels (part of the Performance Pack), which have been borrowed from the Polestar 3. Polestar doesn’t talk about making any significant changes to the interior (not that it needs any), but simply mentions that Driver Awareness features and a wireless smartphone charger have been added to the list of standard equipment.

The Driver Awareness features include Blind Spot Information System with steering support, Cross Traffic Alert with brake support, Rear Collision Warning and Mitigation, 360-degree surround view camera, and automatic dimming exterior mirrors.


Moving on to the other important bits then, the single motor variant is now rear-wheel-drive as opposed to front-wheel-drive previously. The rear motor is apparently a newly developed permanent magnet motor paired with a silicon carbide inverter. The new motor develops 220 kW (299 metric hp), up from 170 kW (231 metric hp), and a max torque of 490 Nm (361 lb-ft), up from 330 Nm (243 lb-ft).

The dual-motor version now has a rear-drive bias for driving pleasure benefits. The aforementioned new rear motor is gonna do all the heavy lifting while the front asynchronous motor is mostly there for all-wheel-drive support. Either way, the combined figures in this variant are 310 kW (421 metric hp) and 740 Nm (546 lb-ft), up from 300 kW (408 metric hp) and 660 Nm (487 lb-ft). The official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time in this setup is 4.5 seconds.

If you go for the aforementioned optional Performance Pack, you get 350 kW (476 metric hp) and a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.2 seconds.

“Changing from the front- to rear-wheel-drive in the single-motor variants, and re-calibrating the torque ratio in the dual-motor variant for an increased rear-wheel-drive feel, elevates the Polestar 2 driving experience to a whole new level,” says Joakim Rydholm, Head of Chassis Development at Polestar. “The updated Polestar 2 is an even more playful and agile car, retaining its compactness and complete sense of control, while at the same time becoming more mature with added comfort,” he added.

As for the battery pack, well, the rear-wheel-drive variant starts with a 69 kWh pack that contains 24 modules with cells now supplied by LG Chem. This one is estimated to offer a WLTP range of up to 518 km (322 mi). A long-range 82 kWh pack is also available, containing 27 modules with cells supplied by CATL. Polestar estimates a WLTP range of up to 635 km (395 mi). But as mentioned above under the list, these packs are market dependent. For certain markets, the long-range pack is a 78 kWh one.

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