Polestar 2 to get cheaper, smaller battery version

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Polestar 2 will be cheaper with the arrival of a new smaller battery variant.

A new model line-up has been announced for the Polestar 2. The Tesla Model 3 rival is now available with three battery and motor combinations..

Polestar’s new Standard Range Single Motor variant features a 64kWh battery pack and a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle. The system has an output of 165kW and 330Nm of torque, and Polestar says it’ll cover up to 440km between trips to the plug.

Standard equipment for the entry-level model includes 19-inch alloy wheels, LED front and rear lamps, all-round parking sensors and a rear-view camera. Inside, buyers also get an 11-inch infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an eight-speaker stereo system.

Polestar’s new mid-range option is called the Long Range Single Motor. It features a slightly more powerful, 170kW version of the same rear-mounted electric motor and a larger 78kWh battery pack. The brand says the powertrain offers a maximum range of up to 539km.

Above that sits the Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor, the EV’s flagship model. It’s powered by the same 78kWh battery pack and twin electric motors, which have a combined output of 300kW and 660Nm of torque.

It comes with electrically adjustable and heated front seats, along with heating functions for the rear bench, steering wheel and wiper blades. Polestar even offers an improved heat pump, which captures excess heat from the drivetrain and uses it to heat the cabin, cutting the energy demand from heating by 50 percent.

In Europe (local pricing and specification is yet to be revealed), the Pilot pack adds a host of extra driver assistance technology, including the company’s improved Pixel LED headlights, LED fog lamps, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and cross traffic alert.

Polestar also continues to offer its optional Performance Pack. The upgrade is only available on the two most expensive variants and adds forged 20-inch alloy wheels, adjustable Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and some gold trim inside and out.

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