Polestar 2 gets a facelift, goes both faster and farther for 2024

From The Verge: Polestar has given its Polestar 2 EV a facelift, plus some other improvements for model year 2024. The maker of the fastback electric sedan has improved its drivable range (up to 300 miles on a single charge) and added more powerful motors. It’s also introducing a rear-wheel drive model alongside several smaller changes like wireless phone charging and driver awareness features now included as standard.

The new Polestar 2’s most visible change comes in the form of a new flat front grille design, one that matches the look of the automaker’s latest Polestar 3 SUV. Polestar calls this new grille the “SmartZone,” which houses components and sensors that are used for the car’s advanced safety and driver assistant features. SmartZone includes a camera, midrange radar, accelerometers, ultrasonic sensors, and heating wires to keep it all from freezing in colder climates — something this Sweden-based carmaker should understand all too well.

Polestar 2 now features a maximum 300-mile range (EPA estimated for now) on the single-motor RWD model, an increase on the 270-mile range of the FWD version released stateside last year. This improvement is largely thanks to the inclusion of a larger battery pack that has grown from 78kWh to 82kWh. The bigger battery pack is able to charge at a faster 205kW rate (up from 155kW) at compatible stations.

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