. It seems to be improbable, it drives exceptionally effectively, and it has a stunning inside. Sadly, its vary may very well be a bit higher, and, as with most electrical vehicles, it might stand to be a bit of cheaper. Fortunately, Polestar has a brand new potential resolution, as detailed in an announcement made on Tuesday.
The query of value is being dealt with in a few alternative ways. Probably the most important growth is the addition of a 231-horsepower, single-motor variant of the Polestar 2 to the lineup (at present’s current dual-motor mannequin accommodates a pair of 204-hp motors, one per axle). Half as many motors means this EV might be cheaper to construct, proper? This additionally signifies that the lighter, single-motor fastback ought to have a greater general vary, despite the fact that it has the identical 78-kWh battery — Polestar estimates this to be round 260 miles. That is not fairly, true, however it’s adequate for most individuals. The brand new base mannequin additionally will get some rad seats with “embossed” vegan textile upholstery and 3D-etched door and heart console trim.
Subsequent, Polestar will shortly supply the two with. This tech may even enhance the vary for all fashions by as a lot as 10% below sure local weather circumstances. Specifically, the pump ought to assist enhance cold-weather efficiency considerably, particularly within the 40-to-60-degree vary. These are important advantages for what’s going to seemingly quantity to a minimal enhance in value. This tools might be obtainable on each the dual-motor and single-motor variants.
The ultimate approach that Volvo’s all-electric spinoff is tackling value is by making its choices record a bit extra granular. By this, I imply that the corporate is breaking choices out into extra packages, the place beforehand, you had a fundamental Polestar 2, after which you could possibly spend an additional $5,000 on the Efficiency Pack model. The brand new packages are referred to as Plus Pack and Pilot Pack, and so they’re obtainable on each the single- and dual-motor vehicles. The previous provides that warmth pump, a panoramic sunroof, a Harmon Kardon sound system, vegan leatherette upholstery, powered and heated entrance seats, and a heated steering wheel, whereas the Pilot pack brings pixel LED headlights and a bunch of driver-assist options like adaptive cruise management with Pilot Help, blind-spot monitoring and a 360-degree digital camera. The Efficiency Pack is sticking round, too, for all you Ohlins damper fiends, and it’s also possible to choose particular person choices like ventilated Nappa seats and 20-inch wheels.
Sadly, Polestar is not fairly able to announce the pricing breakdown for these adjustments to the two, however we anticipate the brand new numbers will go a protracted method to making this EV extra interesting to extra folks. The brand new single-motor Polestar 2 is slated to reach in showrooms on the finish of this yr, with pricing and extra particular vary particulars anticipated nearer to launch.