2024 Polestar 2 Gains Range and Power, Base Model Switches to RWD

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  • Polestar updated the 2 for the 2024 model year with added range and power.
  • The base model, which previously had a single motor driving the front wheels, is now rear-wheel drive.
  • Range increases to 300 miles for the single-motor version and 270 miles for the dual-motor version.

Polestar has continued to improve the 2 electric cars since its debut, and the 2024 model year features several significant revisions that increase the range and power of the four-door hatchback. There are also some visual differences and additional equipment.

Power increased overall, with the single-motor model up from 231 hp to 299 hp, the dual-motor model increasing from 408 hp to 421 hp, and the 2 with Performance package offering 455 hp. More importantly, single-motor cars now had electric motors driving the rear wheels rather than the front. Even all-wheel-drive dual-motor models now have more rear bias, says Polestar, and the front motor can disengage under certain circumstances. The company claims that each model is quicker than the previous, and we look forward to driving the updated car to see how the switch to rear-wheel drive (and a reconfigured AWD system) affects handling.

A bigger battery for a single motor car increases the range from 270 miles to 300 miles. The dual-motor car has the same battery as before, but Polestar says the increased efficiency helps it provide a longer range than before, with the EPA estimate increasing it from 260 miles to 270 miles.

Polestar hasn’t released prices yet, but we expect them to increase from the car’s current starting price of $49,800 for a single-engine car and $53,300 for a two-motorcycle car. You’ll get more equipment for your money, as the base car now has driver assistance features as standard and the two-motor car now comes with the Pilot package as standard. Polestar says the updated car will go on sale later this year.

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