Polestar has announced a new upgrade for the Polestar 2. The EV will feature a new high-tech front end that is said to reflect the design language premiered by Polestar 3, substantial performance increases with all-new electric motors, even more powerful batteries, sustainability improvements and, for the first time in a Polestar, rear-wheel drive. 

“Typically, in the car industry, a facelift introduces superficial visual changes that often destroy the original intention of the car’s design theme. With the new model year Polestar 2, we would rather go below the surface and upgrade substantial tech and mechanical components of the electric drivetrain. This is the best Polestar 2 yet, and with the updated front design with the new SmartZone, the best looking one, too,” says Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath. 

The SmartZone will make a debut appearance on the Polestar 2 which will host some of the vehicle’s most important safety features including the front facing camera and mid-range radar.  

The release states that the 20-inch forged alloy wheels in the Performance Pack have been updated to align Polestar 2 in its sportiest expression with that of Polestar 3. 

Additionally, the EV will have electric motors and inverters fitted to all Polestar 2 variants, which aims to offer substantial increases in both efficiency and performance. Single-motor variants are now rear-wheel driven powered by a newly developed permanent magnet motor and silicon carbide inverter.  

The new motor has a power output of up to 220 kW (increased from 170 kW) and is optimised for maximum efficiency and high torque (490 Nm, up from 330 Nm) to further increase the dynamic performance of the car. The 0-100 km/h sprint time has been reduced by as much as 1.2 seconds, down to 6.2 seconds. 

The new rear-motor is said to be the primary driving force. It will enable higher total system outputs of 310 kW and 740 Nm, improve efficiency and greatly improve traction. 

“Changing from 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.” 

Furthermore, the EV will offer fully upgraded lithium-ion batteries which will retain a capacity of 69 kWh with 24 modules. This will now be supplied by LG Chem. 

First deliveries will be available in the first quarter of 2023 with pricing starting at EUR 50,190. 

For the full press release and picture go to: Polestar