Although a makeover never hurts, the most important thing is what’s inside. For 2024, the Polestar 2 has undergone major aesthetic and powertrain technology updates.
The brand previously belonged to a Swedish firm by the name of Polestar Racing, which transformed the company’s tame street cars into high-performance vehicles and created competitive Volvos. Volvo acquired it in 2015 with the idea of reviving it as an electric vehicle manufacturer instead of creating its own equivalent of BMW’s M division or Mercedes’ AMG.
For a new body-color SmartZone that houses the camera and radar for its electronic driver aids, including adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, the tiny sedan has swapped in its fake, black grille.
Along with receiving more potent engines, the automobile now has rear-wheel drive instead of front-wheel drive on the base model. The two-wheel-drive vehicle gains 231 horsepower to 299 horsepower, while the all-wheel-drive vehicle gains 408 horsepower to 421 horsepower.
The 2023 models have not yet been announced, but they start at $49,800. The Volvo-owned company cannot take advantage of the most recent federal electric car purchase incentives since it imports its cars from China, but the $7,500 credit will be applied to leasing costs.
However, when it starts making the Polestar 3 SUV at Volvo’s facility in Ridgeville, South Carolina, that will change for the brand.
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