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Polestar 2 increases model range to become more accessible

Polestar 2 has expanded its model range to include dual and single-motor powertrains with long and standard-range battery options in order to reach out to a wider audience.

Three new variants of the model range have been revealed, with the existing 300 kW (408 hp) dual motor setup with a large 78 kWh battery pack now joined by two front-mounted single motor variants – available either with the same long-range battery and a 170 kW motor, or a smaller, standard-range battery (64 kWh) and a 165 kW motor.

With two powertrains, two battery packs and curated optional equipment packs, the electric performance fastback now starts at around 40,000 euros, something Polestar says will make it accessible to a wider audience to further help accelerate its shift to more sustainable mobility.

Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, commented: “2021 is the year in which Polestar 2 will really gain momentum. We launched with a strong offer which has set a great tone for the car. Now, we expand the offering with additional versions – each maintaining its unique design, premium quality and fun driving experience.

“What we have successfully managed with the new versions is to avoid stripping the lower-priced models of their character and premium feeling. Even the most affordable Polestar 2, with no optional equipment, has great visual consistency and high level of standard equipment.”

Performance packs

In order to improve accessibility, optional equipment packs have been designed to add value without “plaguing” the ordering process with too many single options, according to Polestar.

The existing optional Performance Pack remains available for the long range dual motor variant only, and includes adjustable Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes, forged 20-inch alloy wheels and signature ‘Swedish gold’ details inside and out.

The Plus and Pilot packs, which have previously been standard on the launch version, are now optional.

The Plus Pack includes high-level premium equipment such as a new heat pump, along with other features. The heat pump reduces the need to use valuable battery capacity to prepare and sustain the cabin climate. It capitalises ambient heat, as well as residual thermal energy from the drivetrain, to reduce ‘climatization’ load by as much as 50%. In colder climates and most effectively between 5-15 degrees Celsius, as much as 10% can be gained in range according to Polestar.

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