Polestar 2 RWD due in Australia later this year


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Single-motor variant of Polestar 2 sedan now sends power to rear wheels for improved efficiency.

Increased power, performance and range, as well as a move to a rear-wheel-drive layout, are key changes to the updated Polestar 2, which will arrive in Australia around Q3 this year.

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Australia pricing has not been confirmed but overseas the model has had circa five per cent increase. However, the 2’s update is more than just cosmetic. Single-motor versions of the electric sedan are now rear-driven, having previously been front-driven, in a move to increase efficiency and improve range.

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Parent company Volvo has recently undertaken the same move with its XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge EVs.

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This move to a rear-drive set-up has been something that Polestar has been looking at “for some years”, said chassis-development head Joakim Rydholm.

The change has also helped with other aspects of the car, giving it “slightly improved comfort and handling” while “keeping the same DNA”, he said.

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“We start from a very good platform; we were very happy. But now when we change the rear wheel, we have lifted comfort [and] improved the agility, the steering position and the speed of response at the front axle.

“The whole car feels a little bit more agile and even a little bit lighter.”

This is similar to the dual-motor version of the 2, which is now tuned with a rear-biased torque split that “increases driving pleasure and performance”.

The all-wheel-drive 2 is also able to decouple its front motor for efficiency, thus creating a similar set-up to the single-motor 2. The front motor then re-engages when the driver wants more power.

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The refreshed dual-motor 2 is now boosted by 10kW to 310kW, while torque has been increased by 80Nm to 740Nm, thanks to a new rear motor – now the primary drive source – supported on the front axle by a new asynchronous motor.

This gives a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.5sec, 0.2sec swifter than previously.

A new permanent-magnet motor is fitted to the single-motor 2, which provides a significant increase in power and torque over the previous model, up by 50kW (to 220kW) and 160Nm ft (to 490Nm).

This means the single-motor 2 can now dispatch the 0-100km/h sprint in a claimed 6.2sec, 1.2sec quicker than before.

New batteries also arrive with the refresh, with a 82kWh pack for long-range models providing a considerable increase in the 2’s WLTP range. It’s up by 105km for the dual-motor variant (to 592km) and 84km for the single-motor (to 636km).

Long-range cars can now charge at rates up to 205kW, a 55kW improvement.

The standard-range model retains its 69kWh battery capacity, but efficiency improvements provide a 40km uplift (to 518km). Charging speed has been boosted by 20kW to 150kW.

On the outside, the 2 gets a refreshed, more solid-looking front end, bringing it in line with the upcoming Polestar 3 SUV. This is due to the addition of Polestar’s Smartzone, which hosts active-safety features including the front-facing camera and mid-range radar.

“Typically in the car industry, a facelift introduces superficial visual changes that often destroy the original intention of the car’s design theme,” said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath.

“With the new-model-year Polestar 2, we rather went below the surface and upgraded substantial tech and mechanical components of the electric drivetrain.”

The updated 2 will be available to order from around April, with first deliveries expected in the third quarter of 2023.


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