The 2023 Polestar 2 is the "new" electric car that combines a hatchback's practicality, raised seating height of a crossover, and a sedan's sleek styling. The Polestar model comes with an electric motor powering the front wheels and a large battery pack for a high-performing all-wheel-drive setup. Polestar has fitted this single-motor version with an expanded color palette with a new minimalist interior color theme and two newly upgraded exterior hues. Additionally, the Polestar is rated to offer up to 270 miles of driving range. Here, we will take a closer look at the 2023 Polestar 2.
Polestar was initially established as a new, standalone Swedish premium electric car manufacturer back in 2017. The company was established by Geely Holding and Volvo Car; as a result, Polestar will benefit from the fantastic engineering and technological partnerships with the Volvo Car collection. Since it was launched, the 2023 Polestar 2 has continued to gain some popularity with the masses due to unique color theme options, a number of upgrades, and the promise of more software updates in the future. For the 2023 model year, the Polestar is available in two different models: the Polestar 2 EV hatchback and the Polestar 1 hybrid coupe. Both of these models are present in several color options, such as white, blue, black, and dull grey. However, the manufacturing has reported that they plan to continue their unique space theme with new inspiring color names like "Jupiter" and "Space." Other incredible upgrades fitted in the 2023 Polestar 2 electric vehicle include; an optimized heat bump, sleek design elements, modern software improvements, and a more extended EPA-estimated driving range of about 270 miles for the dual-motor version and the 68 additional miles for the dual-motor version.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The 2023 Polestar 2's interior is made from a perfect blend of plastic, fabric, and wood. This interior design looks artistic yet straightforward, with a Spartan color palette, clean lines, and minimal switchgear. In its efforts to keep up with the ever-advancing electrified powertrain, the 2023 Polestar 2 fits its interior with an eco-friendly vegan fabric, which is optional. When it comes to the cargo space, the 2's power-operated liftgate opens to a spacious cargo hold measuring around 14 cubic feet.
Engine, Power, and Performance
Unlike the previous dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Polestar 2 variants are equipped with a 231-horsepower single engine and front-wheel drive. This new 2023 Polestar 2 upgrade allows the vehicle to deliver an impressive acceleration from 0-60 mph within 6.8 seconds. There is also the high performing dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup, which includes an electric motor on both axles and provides the entire car system with an impressive 408 horsepower output. This variant delivered a phenomenal acceleration rate from 0-60 mph within 4.1 seconds. Polestar also offers three levels of regenerative braking capabilities that are able to bring the vehicle to a complete stop even without you pressing the brake pedal. This feature is further advanced with the Performance Package, which incorporates upgraded Brembo front brakes, firmer suspension gears, easily adjustable Ohlins dampers, and 20-inch alloy wheels. The newly updated software enhances the overall road performance of the 2023 Polestar 2 electric car for the mechanical heat pump, which allows it to effectively operate between temperatures of -7° C (20° F) and 25° C (77° F). The company's tests proved that when the heat pump works within that temperature range, it dramatically increases the real-world driving range by roughly 10% more than the standard Polestar model.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Inside the 2023 Polestar 2 electric vehicle, you will find a 12.3-inch digital equipment cluster and the centrally positioned iPad-Esque portrait touchscreen that measures 11.2 inches and controls most of the car functions, including; running Google's Android Automotive OS infotainment system. The most notable technological improvement in the 2023 Polestar 2 is the software update to the mechanical heat pump. This feature allows the heat bump to operate in a broader range of temperatures effectively. The manufacturing company—Polestar believes that grouping similar apps into a designated corner of the screen will enable users to have an easier time locating what they need, thus, minimizing distractions while driving. What is impressive about this new screen arrangement is that it makes Google Maps operate as an integrated navigation network and helps provide vital EV-specific information to the driver. Examples of such essential EV information include how far before you reach your final destination and how far the nearby charging stations are located. Other impressive features you will find in the 2023 Polestar are two USB ports both in the front and rear and a Harman/Kardon satellite radio system.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The new 2023 Polestar 2 electric vehicle comes fitted with several amazing driver-safety and assistance features. According to Autolog, the following are some of the standard safety and driver-assistance features:
- Driver attention monitoring
- Lane-keep assist
- Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors
- Run-Off Road Mitigation that steers the vehicle back onto the road
- Traffic sign recognition
- Oncoming Lane Mitigation that steers the car back onto its lane if you veer off of it
- Eight airbags
- Autonomous emergency braking with steering assistance and pedestrian and cyclist detection
The 2023 Polestar 2 electric vehicle has only been available on the market for only two years. Yet, Swedish manufacturing is already planning to include some possible upgrades to the electric sedan. According to Motor1, the average price of the long-range single-motor Polestar 2 is $49,800. This price also includes the $1,400 destination charge. Meanwhile, the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Polestar 2 is sold at $53,300. There is also another additional customer pack like the Performance Pack, which costs around $5,500, the Plus Pack for $4,200, and the Pilot Pack, which goes for $3,400.
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