Polestar, the electric vehicle brand established by Volvo, has updated its Polestar 2 model for the 2024 model year with a host of new features and improvements. One of the most visible changes is the new front grille design, known as the “SmartZone,” which matches the design of the Polestar 3 SUV. The SmartZone grille houses a range of sensors and components that are used for the car’s advanced safety and driver assistance features, including a camera, midrange radar, accelerometers, ultrasonic sensors, and heating wires to keep them from freezing in colder climates.
The Polestar 2’s range has also been significantly improved for the 2024 model year, with a maximum of 300 miles on a single charge (EPA estimated) on the single-motor rear-wheel drive model. This represents a significant increase from the 270-mile range of the front-wheel drive version released in the United States last year. The improvement in range is largely thanks to the inclusion of a larger battery pack, which has grown from 78kWh to 82kWh. The bigger battery pack also charges at a faster 205kW rate, up from 155kW, at compatible charging stations.
Polestar has also made improvements to the car’s performance for the 2024 model year. The new permanent magnet motor is capable of 299 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque, compared to the front-wheel drive model’s 231 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. The rear-wheel drive model is also quicker, with a 0-60mph acceleration time of just 5.9 seconds, compared to 7.0 seconds for the front-wheel drive model.
Customers also have the option to add a Performance Pack over-the-air software update, which can push the car’s performance to 455 horsepower and a 0-60mph acceleration time of just 4.1 seconds.
In addition to the improved range and performance, the Polestar 2 comes with a number of new features as standard for the 2024 model year. These include wireless phone charging, driver awareness features, and the inclusion of the Pilot pack with features such as cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree camera.
Polestar has made efforts to improve the car’s environmental footprint. The automaker states that the new battery pack has improved cell chemistry that has reduced carbon emissions from seven tons per car to 5.9. Polestar is also planning a full life cycle assessment of the battery pack later in 2023.
Polestar 2 has been significantly improved for the 2024 model year, with a host of new features and improvements designed to make the car more attractive to customers, $7,500 federal tax credit is also available to eligible customers_