2024 Polestar 2 debuts with first-ever rear-wheel drive, increased range and more

2024 Polestar 2 debuts with first-ever rear-wheel drive, increased range and more
2024 Polestar 2 debuts with first-ever rear-wheel drive, increased range and more

This morning, Polestar shared details of its upcoming 2024 model year Polestar 2 sedan that features upgrades far beyond aesthetics. Along with a revamped front end to match its 3 SUV sibling, the 2024 Polestar 2 will arrive with upgrades to its battery and motors, delivering more power and acceleration. Additionally, the all-new Polestar 2 will be the brand’s first model to feature a rear-wheel drive configuration, contributing to the electric vehicle’s best range to date.

Polestar ($PSNY) is a relatively young automaker that just capped off a successful 2022 by surpassing its goal of delivering 50,000 electric vehicles. These sales were led by its first all-electric model, the Polestar 2 “fastback”.

The Polestar 2 debuted three years ago as a 2021 model and has grown in popularity ever since. It is currently sold in 27 different markets and has exceeded the total of 100,000 units sold at the end of 2022. We have tested several variants ourselves, including the Long Range Single Motor (FWD) version as well as the 2023 Dual Motor version. More recently we released the BST Edition 270 performance around San Francisco and had a blast.

While Polestar has delivered the 2 in a variety of powertrains and continued to upgrade its technology live and through additional model years, the automaker has yet to deliver a rear-drive version of the 2. one of its electric vehicles.

With today’s announcement, an RWD Polestar 2 will soon be available as a 2024 model and will feature some of the same design features as the all-new Polestar 3 which is also expected to arrive this year. Check out the first official images of the 2024 Polestar 2. Notice the new front end?

2024 Polestar 2 sees RWD, 30 miles more range

Polestar shared details of its 2024 model year 2 earlier today, showcasing some of the upgrades the all-electric fastback will bring inside and out. Unlike many EV refreshes we see every year (a’hem, Nissan LEAF), the latest Polestar 2 has received some significant additions, starting with its grille.

2024 will bring a new front end to the Polestar 2 that “sees” instead of “breathes”. This design is called “SmartZone” and recently debuted as a feature on the upcoming Polestar 3, representing a new design language for the EV brand going forward. SmartZone consists of multiple forward-facing sensors, forward-facing radar, heated wires, accelerometers and ultrasonic sensors that combine to work as a “smart eye” with safety technology ready to react.

Moving inward, this model year refresh offers much more than sensors up front. Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath explained:

Typically in the automotive industry, a facelift introduces superficial visual changes that often destroy the original intent of the car’s design theme. With the new Polestar 2 model year, we have instead gone below the surface and improved important technical and mechanical components of the electric drivetrain. It’s the best Polestar 2 yet, and with the updated front end design featuring the new SmartZone, the best looking too.

As Ingelath says, the latest three Polestar 2 variants will each see performance upgrades thanks to new batteries and updated powertrains, forgoing the previous FWD setup in favor of rear-wheel power.

As you’ll see in the chart below, Polestar’s new engine will deliver a power boost from 231 hp to 299 hp. With the new RWD configuration, the 0-60 mph acceleration of the 2024 Polestar 2 has been reduced from 1.1 seconds to 5.9 seconds.

Both twin-motor versions of the Polestar 2 are now geared towards the rear wheel (primary drive source), offering a completely rebalanced setup and torque ratio. The result is overall efficiency and superior performance, especially in terms of power, torque and overall acceleration.

Future Polestar 2 riders will soon be able to completely disengage the front motor when not needed, adding range and efficiency to their ride. Using this new feature, the dual-motor Polestar 2 can now achieve the same range (up to 270 miles) as the 2023 single-motor variant.

Finally, the new RWD Single Motor Polestar 2 gets a slightly larger battery, allowing up to 300 miles of all-electric range (compared to 270 in the 2023 FWD version). Check out the full specs comparison below.

Variant Polestar 2 Powertrain Drums
Ability
Expected EPA range (preliminary) Power Couple Acceleration
(0-60mph)
Maximum charge
Speed ​​(DCFC)
Long-range dual motor (with performance package) all-wheel drive 78kWh Up to 270 miles 455 hp (335 kW) 546 lb-ft (740 Nm) 4.1 seconds 155kW
Long range dual motor all-wheel drive 78kWh Up to 270 miles 421 hp (310 kW) 546 lb-ft (740 Nm) 4.3 seconds 155kW
Long range single motor RWD 82kWh Up to 300 miles 299 hp (220 kW) 361 lb-ft (490 Nm) 5.9 seconds 205kW

Other new features include upgraded 20-inch forged alloy wheels in the Performance Pack which align with the design of the Polestar 3, as well as driver awareness features which are now standard. For example, in North America, the Pilot Pack will now also be available as standard on both twin-motor versions of the 2024 Polestar 2.

Additionally, all Performance Pack upgrades now automatically include the Plus Pack as well. This involves a premium Harman Kardon audio system and a panoramic glass roof in addition to Brembo brakes, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, Öhlins Dual Flow Valve shock absorbers, a software upgrade and gold seat belts in the performance pack.

Polestar has yet to share US prices for the 2024 models, but here’s how they break down in euros:

Variant Polestar 2 Starting MSRP
Long-range dual motor (with performance package) EUR64,690 (~$70,300)
Long range dual motor EUR58,190 (~$63,250)
Long range single motor (RWD) EUR53,890 (~$58,575)

The 2024 Polestar 2 is available to order now, with customer deliveries expected to begin later this year.

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