Polestar’s Tesla Model 3 rival has received a series of tweaks for 2023.
The 2023 Polestar 2’s base price has been increased by $4000 to $63,900 before on-roads, while all other members of the range have received $3500 price hikes.
UPDATE, 28/04/2022 1:30pm – Polestar Australia has subsequently confirmed all Standard Range Single Motor models that have been imported into Australia since the brand’s launch have had the larger 69kWh battery.
The company says vehicles ordered today will arrive here late in November 2022, and the configurator on its website has been updated with the 2023 pricing and specifications.
In the optional Plus Pack, the heat pump has an improved optimal temperature range of between -7°C and 25°C, while there’s an advanced cabin filter and upgraded interior particulate matter sensor that can display on the touchscreen the air quality improvement.
There are new 19- and 20-inch alloy wheel designs, plus a removable sunshade for the panoramic glass roof.
The latter will also be available in the Polestar Extras online store from mid-June.
There’s a new Zinc colour for the available Nappa leather upholstery, which is paired with Light Ash trim. These replace Barley and Reconstructed Wood, respectively.
Polestar says the Nappa leather option has greater sustainability credentials.
Magnesium is now the standard exterior colour, and new finishes called Space and Jupiter replace Void and Moon, respectively.
The European-market Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor now receives the upgrades we’ve had all along, with a 69kWh battery, a 170kW/330Nm front-mounted electric motor and WLTP cycle range of 474km – up 5kWh, 5kW and 34km, respectively.
Polestar says it isn’t following the traditional mid-cycle facelift model of most automakers, instead rolling out changes progressively and with a strong focus on sustainability.
“In our programme updates we want to take action on improvements that can make a positive sustainability impact quickly, rather than traditional mid-cycle facelifts,” said Fredrika Klarén, Polestar’s Head of Sustainability.
“Product optimisation programmes are common in the car industry, but we are taking an extended approach at Polestar, combining these with CO2e reduction programmes as well.”
It says it’s reduced the CO2e – a measure for a carbon footprint – of the Polestar 2 by 750kg per car by purchasing aluminium for the battery casing tray only from smelters using renewable energy.
It’s also aiming to replace the aluminium in the Polestar 2’s wheels with low-carbon aluminium in the second half of this year, reducing CO2e by a further 600kg.
Polestar’s partnership with Circulor now also includes blockchain traceability of mica, to trace the minerals used in production from their source all the way to the finished product. The cobalt used in the car’s batteries was already traced.
- 2023 Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor: $63,900 (+$4000)
- 2023 Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor: $68,400 (+$3500)
- 2023 Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor: $73,400 (+$3500)
All prices exclude on-road costs.
The 2023 Polestar 2 offers a choice of three electric powertrains.
The Standard Range Single Motor features a 69kWh battery and a front-mounted electric motor that produces 170kW of power and 330Nm of torque.
The Long Range Single Motor upgrades to a 78kWh battery, with outputs of 170kW and 330Nm.
The flagship Long Range Dual Motor also uses a 78kWh battery, but produces 300kW of power and 660Nm of torque.
0-100km/h times are 7.4 seconds for single-motor variants and 4.7 seconds for the dual-motor version.
The 2022 Polestar 2 has energy consumption of 17kWh/100km in the single-motor variants and 19.4kWh/100km in the Long Range Dual Motor.
Polestar claims range of up to 474km in the Standard Range Single Motor, up to 540km in the Long Range Single Motor, and up to 480km in the Long Range Dual Motor. These figures are based on the stricter WLTP test cycle.
The Standard Range Single Motor supports DC fast charging at up to 130kW, while the Long Range models can be charged at up to 155kW.
The 2023 Polestar 2 measures 4606mm long, 1859mm wide (1985mm including the mirrors), and 1479mm tall, with the Performance package sitting at 1473mm tall. It has a 2735mm wheelbase.
It has a 405L boot and a 35L storage compartment up front.
Polestar claims a braked towing capacity of 1500kg for all models.
The Polestar 2 is covered by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty with an eight-year, 160,000km battery warranty.
All models come with free servicing and roadside assistance for five years.
The Polestar 2 has a five-star Euro NCAP rating.
It received an adult occupant protection score of 93 per cent, a child occupant protection score of 89 per cent, a vulnerable road user protection score of 80 per cent, and a safety assist score of 86 per cent.
Standard safety equipment includes:
- Autonomous emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection and steering assistance
- Oncoming Lane Mitigation (steers the car back into its lane if you veer into the path of an oncoming vehicle)
- Run-Off Road Mitigation (steers the car back onto the road if it detects you’ll veer off of it)
- Lane-keep assist
- Traffic sign recognition
- Driver attention monitoring
- Eight airbags
- Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors
All Polestar 2 models come standard with the following equipment:
- 11.2-inch touchscreen Android Automotive infotainment system
- Apple CarPlay (arriving in Spring)
- Eight-speaker 250W sound system
- Heated front seats
- Semi-electric front seats (manually-adjustable backrest)
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Dual-zone climate control
- Keyless entry and start
- Ambient lighting
- Embossed textile seats
- Polestar Digital Key (phone-based locking and unlocking)
- Power tailgate
- LED headlights with active high-beam
- Cruise control
- 7m Mode 2, Type 1 home charging cable
- 19-inch alloy wheels
The $3400 Pilot Lite Pack adds:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Pilot Assist
- Surround-view camera
- Side parking sensors
- Blind-spot assist
- Rear cross-traffic assist
- LED front fog lights
The $6000 Plus Pack adds:
- 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
- WeaveTech vegan upholstery and Black Ash deco panels or Nappa leather with Light Ash deco panels
- Fully-electric heated front seats with memory
- Heated rear seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated wiper nozzles
- Heat pump
- Fixed panoramic glass roof
- Wireless phone charging
- Ambient lighting
- Air quality cabin sensor and filter
- “High-level” interior illumination
The $8000 Performance Pack, available only on the Long Range Dual Motor, adds:
- Forged 20-inch alloy wheels
- Brembo brakes
- Gold seat belts
- Adjustable Öhlins dampers
Magnesium is standard, with the following finishes a $1500 option:
- Snow (white)
- Thunder (grey)
- Midnight (blue)
- Space (black)
- Jupiter (tan/stone)
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