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Polestar 2 EV strikes to rear-wheel drive, in Australia from Q3

Single-motor variants of the Polestar 2 electrical liftback are set to modify from front-wheel drive (FWD) to rear-wheel drive RWD) as a part of a newly introduced replace.

Polestar in the present day detailed numerous adjustments for its Tesla Mannequin 3 rival, together with new electrical motor setups and batteries bringing extra energy and vary, tweaked exterior styling, and extra commonplace options. Whereas not confirmed, we additionally anticipate some value will increase.

Australian prospects will be capable to order a 2024 Polestar 2 within the second quarter of 2023 by way of the Polestar Australia web site. First deliveries are anticipated within the third quarter of this 12 months.

This 2024 model-year replace to the Polestar 2 follows very related adjustments to the Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge electrical crossovers based mostly on the identical CMA structure and made in the identical Chinese language manufacturing facility.

Two new single-motor RWD powertrains will likely be provided within the Polestar 2, changing the present single-motor FWD powertrains.

The Customary Vary Single Motor is now powered by a single rear-mounted electrical motor producing 200kW of energy and 490Nm of torque (up 30kW and 160Nm).

The battery on this car retains its 69kWh capability however is a brand new pack sourced from LG Chem. It has a claimed vary of 518km in accordance with WLTP testing (up 40km) and might be DC fast-charged at a most price of 135kW (up from 130kW).

Meantime the Lengthy Vary Single Motor can be powered by a single rear-mounted motor, however energy has been bumped to 220kW.

The brand new Lengthy Vary makes use of a CATL-sourced 82kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It has a claimed vary of 635km WLTP (up 84km) and might be DC charged at a most price of 205kW (up from 155kW).

Polestar claims the single-motor RWD fashions can do the 0-100km/h dash in 6.4 seconds and 6.2 seconds respectively – round second quicker than the earlier FWD fashions.

The ultimate mannequin to obtain some powertrain updates is the Polestar 2 Lengthy Vary Twin Motor.

It’s now powered by a rear-biased dual-electric motor AWD powertrain which produces whole system outputs of 310kW and 740Nm (up 10kW and 80Nm). Polestar claims this mannequin can do the 0-100km/h dash in 4.5 seconds.

Energy within the Lengthy Vary Twin Motor might be bumped to 350kW with the Efficiency Pack obtainable as an over-the-air efficiency software program obtain. Including the Efficiency Pack to the Lengthy Vary Twin Motor reduces the 0-100km/h time to 4.2 seconds.

The entrance electrical motor within the Lengthy Vary Twin Motor can now disconnect to maximise vary. It additionally comes with the brand new CATL-sourced 82kWh lithium-ion battery with a claimed vary of 592km in accordance with WLTP testing, up a considerable 105km.

“Altering from front- to rear-wheel drive within the single-motor variants, and re-calibrating the torque ratio within the dual-motor variant for an elevated rear-wheel drive really feel, elevates the Polestar 2 driving expertise to a complete new stage,” mentioned Polestar head of chassis improvement Joakim Rydholm.

“The up to date Polestar 2 is an much more playful and agile automotive, retaining its compactness and full sense of management, whereas on the identical time turning into extra mature with added consolation.”

Moreover the electrical powertrain and battery tweaks, the 2024 Polestar 2 receives a brand new blanked-out grille that’s impressed by the Polestar 3 SUV. Dubbed the SmartZone, this grille homes the car’s front-facing digital camera and mid-range radar.

The 20-inch cast alloy wheels within the Efficiency Pack for the Lengthy Vary Twin Motor have additionally been up to date to look much like the Polestar 3’s.

Lastly, all Polestar 2 variants now include a wi-fi telephone charger and auto-dimming exterior aspect mirrors.

Additionally they now all come commonplace with security options together with blind-spot monitoring with steering assist, cross-traffic alert with brake assist, rear autonomous emergency braking (AEB), and a surround-view digital camera. A lot of these options had been beforehand locked behind choice packs.

Australian pricing for the 2024 Polestar 2 hasn’t been detailed but. It’s anticipated to be introduced nearer to when orders open.

The vary presently begins from $63,900 earlier than on-road prices for the front-wheel drive Customary Vary Single Motor, and extends to $73,400 earlier than on-roads for the all-wheel drive Lengthy Vary Twin Motor.

Given the extra gear and added energy, it could be affordable to invest on a value enhance, though it’s necessary to keep in mind that arch rival Tesla simply reduce its costs.

The Polestar 2 was the fourth top-selling electrical car (EV) in Australia final 12 months with 1524 examples offered. It was outsold by the Tesla Mannequin 3 (10,877 gross sales), Tesla Mannequin Y (8717 gross sales), and BYD Atto 3 (2113 gross sales).

The recently-floated Polestar as an organization estimates it offered 51,500 autos final 12 months, up 80 per cent year-on-year and buoyed by a sizeable fourth-quarter supply determine of 21,000 autos. It expects to extend gross sales to 80,000 models in 2023.

  • Polestar 2 Customary Vary Single Motor
    • 69kWh battery
    • 135kW DC charging
    • 518km max vary
    • 200kW and 490Nm
    • Rear-wheel drive
    • 6.4 seconds 0-100km/h
  • Polestar 2 Lengthy Vary Single Motor
    • 82kWh battery
    • 205kW DC charging
    • 635km max vary
    • 220kW and 490Nm
    • Rear-wheel drive
    • 6.2 seconds 0-100km/h
  • Polestar 2 Lengthy Vary Twin Motor
    • 82kWh battery
    • 205kW DC charging
    • 592km max vary
    • 310kW and 740Nm
    • All-wheel drive
    • 4.5 seconds 0-100km/h
  • Polestar 2 Lengthy Vary Twin Motor
    • 82kWh battery
    • 205kW DC charging
    • 592km max vary
    • 350kW and 740Nm
    • All-wheel drive
    • 4.2 seconds 0-100km/h

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Rafael Gomes de Azevedo
Rafael Gomes de Azevedo
He started his career as a columnist, contributing to the staff of a local blog. His articles with amusing views on everyday situations in the news soon became one of the main features of the current editions of the blog. For the divergences of thought about which direction the blog would follow. He left and founded three other great journalistic blogs,, and With a certain passion for writing, holder of a versatile talent, in addition to coordinating, directing, he writes fantastic scripts quickly, he likes to say that he writes for a select group of enthusiasts in love with serious and true writing.


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