- The 2022 Polestar 2 will come in two new versions and offer more options for its second model year: a new single-motor option with a claimed 260 miles of range, and a simplified version of the dual-motor Polestar 2.
- Both new versions have an optional heat pump that is claimed to increase range by as much as 10 percent.
- The new variants, Polestar says, will be available by the end of the year. The fully loaded, dual-motor Launch Edition is available now.
UPDATE 8/12/21: Polestar has released pricing and more details on the 2022 model. The single-motor version starts at $47,200, and the dual-motor version now starts at $51,200—a significant decrease from last year's Launch Edition model. We've updated this story with the additional specs.
The 2022 Polestar 2, now heading into its sophomore year, is receiving more options to boost its appeal, starting with a single-motor, front-wheel-drive variant. In addition, Polestar is offering the all-wheel-drive Polestar 2 in a more simplified configuration, allowing customers more power to customize their electric hatchback. The Polestar 2 Single Motor starts at $47,200, and the Dual Motor now starts at $51,200. Both these prices are significantly less than the outgoing 2021 Polestar 2 Launch Edition, which started at $61,200.
The single-motor Polestar 2 has the same 78.0-kWh battery that's found in the dual-motor configuration. In this version, its total power is 231 hp compared with 408 hp for the dual-motor Polestar 2. Polestar estimates that with the single motor, the Polestar will achieve a range of up to 265 miles. The dual-motor version also gets a boost in range, gaining 16 miles for an estimated 249 miles of range (C/D testing found the previous dual-motor, which was rated at 233 miles, had a real-world range of 190 miles).
The Polestar 2 Launch Edition rolls over for 2022, but those who choose the newly announced dual-motor version of the Polestar 2 will be able to specify a simpler and less expensive configuration. Options are divided into Plus ($4000), Pilot ($3200), and Performance ($5000) packages, any of which can be omitted.
One reason buyers may want the luxury-filled Plus package, however, is that it newly includes a heat pump, which Polestar says can boost range by up to 10 percent on the hatchback. The heat pump captures heat generated by the drivetrain, thus reducing reliance on the battery to heat the interior of the car. Polestar says that in temperature ranges between 40 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, up to a 10 percent range boost can be achieved.
Polestar says that these new variants will go on sale by the end of this year.