The Single Motor version is now RWD instead of FWD and it offers up to 483 kilometres of range.
Sustainability improvements have reduced the car’s carbon impact by 1,1 tons.
The Single Motor version also receives a large battery that can charge faster than before.
Polestar has announced the changes that will be made to the Polestar 2 electric liftback sedan for the 2024 model year.
Externally, the Polestar 2 will receive a revised front end that features a “SmartZone” which is a filled-in plastic grille that includes most of the sensors used by the driver assistance systems. This design cue was introduced recently on the Polestar 3 SUV.
Another visual change is the design of the optional 20-inch wheels that are part of the Performance Pack, which is now also inspired by the Polestar 3.
If these modifications are relatively minor, things have evolved more rapidly under the skin, with new motors, a larger battery and a shift to RWD bias.
Indeed, the entry-level Long Range Single Motor version goes from being front-wheel drive to being rear-wheel drive. As with all of the motors used in the 2024 Polestar 2, this unit is a new design that provides more power than last year’s despite consuming less energy.
So equipped, the Polestar 2 now has 299 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque to offer while a larger 82 kWh battery bumps the range up to 300 miles (483 kilometres) and offers faster charging, up to 205 kW.
The Dual Motor version continues to use the same 78 kWh battery that can charge at a maximum of 155 kW but the new motors give it a slight output increase up to a peak of 421 horsepower and 546 lb-ft of torque.
The optional Performance Pack can also be added to boost the output up to 455 horsepower and make for a 0 – 100 km/h sprint of only 4,3 seconds.
Following the Single Motor version, the Dual Motor Polestar 2 is now rear-biased, which means that it prioritizes its rear motor in certain situations such as when driving at highway speeds, where the new front motor can actually disconnect completely to improve efficiency.
This makes it possible for the Dual Motor version to achieve a maximum range of 270 miles (435 kilometres).
According to the automaker’s Head of Chassis Development, this move to RWD and RWD bias will improve the Polestar 2’s handling characteristics and make it more fun to drive than before.
Tweaks to the suspension system have also been made to accommodate the new drivetrain and make for a more comfortable ride over bumpy roads.
Despite using a larger battery, Polestar claims that the entry-level model’s carbon emissions have been reduced by 1,1 tons over the 2023 version, which should be confirmed in a full life cycle assessment that will be published later this year.
The addition of standard features such as wireless device charging on the Single Motor version and the contents of the Pilot Pack on the Dual Motor version rounds out changes for the 2024 model year. Buyers who choose the Performance Pack will also now be treated to the Plus Pack at no extra charge.
Orders for the 2024 Polestar 2 have already begun and the first deliveries are expected to take place this summer.