Polestar 2 update 2024 revealed, due out this year in Australia

Polestar 2 update 2024 revealed, due out this year in Australia

Volvo’s electric car offshoot Polestar has updated its competitor Tesla Model 3 with more power and range – and the standard equipment with additional important safety features.


An updated one 2024 Polestar 2 electric car was unveiled – with more power, longer range, faster charging and an updated look – ahead of first deliveries in Australia, which are due between July and September 2023.

Alongside significant mechanical upgrades, the offshoot of the Chinese-owned Swedish brand that’s built its reputation on safety has finally addressed a blind spot in its standard driver-assistance technology.

Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are now standard on all Polestar 2 models – having previously been exclusive to a $3400 option package, although they have been standard on other cars costing less than half the price.



Polestar Australia has yet to confirm pricing for the updated model – and order books aren’t due to open until April at the earliest – but prices in the UK are up by four to seven per cent.

This suggests a starting price of $66,500 plus road cost and options for the entry-level model – about $2,500 more – or $78,500 plus road cost and options for a top-of-the-line model (up from $73,400 today). .

At these prices, the entry-level Polestar 2 will continue to fall below the threshold for government EV rebates in some Australian states and territories.



Also new for 2024 vehicles are a surround-view camera, side parking sensors, a cellphone charger and auto-dimming door mirrors – but adaptive cruise control remains part of an option package.

The single-motor versions of the entry-level Standard Range retain their 69kWh gross capacity, but are now mated to a more powerful 200kW/490Nm rear electric motor – versus the previous 170kW/330Nm front motor.



It cuts 0-100km/h acceleration time from 7.4 to 6.4 seconds – and is more efficient, increasing the stated range in European WLTP tests to a maximum of 518km, an increase of 40km.

The Long Range Single Motor model upgrades to an 82kWh battery pack from Chinese company CATL – up from 78kWh previously – and a 220kW/490Nm rear electric motor (up from a 170kW/330Nm front motor previously).

Polestar claims 0-100km/h acceleration time has dropped from 7.4 to 6.2 seconds and claimed range under the European WLTP protocol has increased from up to 551km to up to 635km.



The enlarged 82kWh battery is shared with the flagship long-range twin engine, which gets new electric motors that direct more of the car’s power to the rear wheels, developing 310kW and 740Nm (up from 300kW/660Nm).

The Chinese-owned electric carmaker claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.5 seconds – 0.2 seconds faster than before – and up to 592km WLTP range, up 105km.

The dual-motor model’s front electric motor can be switched off to improve energy efficiency on the motorway – while the company claims the new motors deliver “significantly improved traction”.



The optional performance software upgrade — which boosts power and acceleration for the dual engine and is downloadable over the web — is now included in the variant’s $8,000 performance pack and is offered in addition to a $1,600 standalone option.

It increases output to 350 kW and 740 Nm – from the previous 300 kW/660 Nm – and reduces the acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h to 4.2 seconds.

Polestar says the updated battery packs allow for higher charging power – up to 205 kW in long-distance cars and up to 135 kW in the base standard-range model, up from 155 kW and 130 kW respectively in the 2023 model.

Alongside the mechanical changes and enhanced standard features, the Polestar 2 sedan has been updated with a new body-colored front grille inspired by the Polestar 3 SUV.

There’s also a new set of 20-inch Performance Pack alloy wheels available for the Long Range Dual Motor, which are styled to resemble the 22-inch wheels on the Polestar 3 Performance Pack.

Polestar has confirmed that “pixel” matrix LED headlights have returned to the optional Pilot Pack after being removed in early 2022 due to the semiconductor shortage.



2023 Polestar 2 shown.

Pricing for the revised Pilot Pack – called the Pilot Lite Pack when the headlights weren’t available – is yet to be confirmed.

However, standard equipment like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, side parking sensors and a 360-degree camera – rather than extras in the Pilot package – means the option package may be more affordable than before.

The Plus Package (previously $6000) now includes a no-touch step sensor for the standard power liftgate and a digital key to unlock the car from the owner’s smartphone.

The ‘Activity Key’ – a waterproof key fob intended to be taken to the beach or pool – which used to be standard in the car is now an optional extra.

2023 Polestar 2 shown.

Polestar also claims that “CO2 emissions for versions with the new 82kWh battery have dropped by 1.1 tonnes to 5.9 tonnes per car due to the new battery chemistry.”

Orders for the 2024 Polestar 2 in Australia are scheduled to open in the second quarter of this year (April to June) before first deliveries in the third quarter (July to September 2023).



Pricing and other Australian details are to be announced closer to launch.

The MY24 upgrades represent the second round of updates for the Polestar 2 since deliveries began in Australia in early 2022, following slight exterior and interior updates for the 2023 model year.

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Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up with performance vehicles in a car loving family.

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