Polestar 2 updated with more range, extra power and new styling additions

Standard range versions of the Polestar 2 get further reach and quicker recharging as part of MY23 changes

Polestar has given its Tesla Model 3 rivalling Polestar 2 saloon its biggest round of updates since launch in 2020. The changes focus on updating the car’s technical underpinnings, reducing its carbon footprint during manufacturing and a refreshed design and trim specification. 

Improved cell chemistry has produced a battery pack that’s more energy dense than before, resulting in improved maximum capacity of 69kWh in the Standard range, single-motor version of the car. This has led to a minor improvement in maximum range for this version of the Polestar 2, now capable of up to 295 miles on a full battery. 

Similarly, Polestar has been able to update the Standard car’s charging technology to a higher standard. Previously, the base version of the 2 came with 115kW DC rapid charging - the standard is now 130kW, edging closer to the 150kW compatibility of the Long Range car. 

The Standard range single-motor model’s rear-mounted electric motor is now more powerful than before, too, ticking up from 221bhp to 228bhp. Revised performance figures have not been confirmed. 

Along with the new technical specifications for the Standard range model, the whole Polestar 2 line-up has been given a refresh with new interior materials along with new exterior design pieces and trim. 

Two new exterior paint colours are offered, while Magnesium silver is the new default, no-cost shade. Updated 19-inch and 20-inch wheel designs have been introduced too. Inside, there’s a new Zinc colour available for the optional Nappa leather upholstery, which the brand claims has “greater sustainability credentials.” The reconstructed wood trim has been replaced with a new light Ash wood finish. 

Further changes include the availability of the Performance software upgrade, upping power to 469bhp and 680Nm of torque, in the Performance Pack available for buyers to spec from purchase. A new cabin filter system is also available. 

Read our review of the Polestar 2 here...

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