Volvo recently announced that its electric C40 and XC40 models would be switching from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive, so it’s no surprise that Polestar has revealed the same news for the Polestar 2, which is based on the same platform as the C40 and XC40.
Electric cars with lots of torque and front-wheel drive generate wheelspin and torque steer, which isn’t a ‘premium’ experience, so Polestar’s move to rear-wheel drive is welcomed. This follows in the footsteps of Volkswagen and Hyundai/Kia, as these brands have also moved their EVs from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive platforms, with resulting handling benefits.
Polestar says that as well as the front-wheel drive Polestar 2 model moving to rear-wheel drive, the all-wheel drive model gains a rear-drive bias. It can even be driven by just the rear electric motor, which offers efficiency gains, although the front motor can also be brought into play virtually instantaneously if required.
The new single-motor in rear-wheel drive variants also has more power: 220 kW – an increase from 170 kW – and more torque (490 Nm compared to 330 Nm). Acceleration from 0-62mph is now 6.2 seconds, up to 1.2 seconds quicker.
The dual-motor models have system power increased from 300 kW to 310 kW and torque increased from 660 Nm to 740 Nm, resulting in a new 0-62 mph acceleration time of 4.5 seconds.
The optional Performance Pack increases power to 350 kW and reduces the 0-62 mph time to just 4.2 seconds. This can also be purchased as a downloadable over-the-air performance software upgrade for any eligible long range dual motor cars.
The Polestar 2 also gains improved driving ranges. The standard range single motor model, which retains a battery capacity of 69 kWh, is now capable of a WLTP electric driving range of up to 321 miles, an increase of 25 miles.
The long range single motor variant, with a new 82 kWh battery, can now achieve up to 393 miles, an increase of 52 miles.
The long range dual motor model gains a range of up to 367 miles, an increase of 65 miles.
The updated batteries also have faster charging rates, of up to 205 kW DC for the long range battery, and 135 kW for the standard range battery.
The frontal styling of the Polestar 2 has also been revised to reflect the design language premiered by Polestar 3, and includes a new ‘SmartZone’, which houses active safety features such as the front-facing camera and mid-range radar.
The 2024 model year Polestar 2 is available to order now in European markets with first deliveries expected in the third quarter of 2023 and pricing starting from EUR 50,190.