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2022 Polestar 2 Adds Front-Wheel-Drive Variant, More Configuration Choices

2022 Polestar 2 Adds Front-Wheel-Drive Variant, More Configuration Choices
2022 polestar 2 adds front-wheel-drive variant, more configuration choices
  • 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.

    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. although the volvo affiliate didn't disclose u.s. pricing, it said the new variants will have lower base pricing compared with the launch edition that's currently on sale.

    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 204 hp on each axle of the dual-motor polestar 2. polestar estimates that with the single motor, the polestar will achieve a range of up to 260 miles, besting the epa-estimated 230 miles on the dual-motor (c/d testing found the dual-motor had a 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 likely less expensive) configuration. options are divided into plus, pilot, and performance 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 didn’t release the price for the new options for the polestar 2 but did say that the single-motor variant will go on sale by the end of this year. the polestar 2 launch edition is available now.

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