2024 Polestar 2 EV: Australian details and price confirmed

2024 Polestar 2 launch Australia

More powerful and more sustainable: the 2024 Polestar 2 EV boasts “substantial performance increases” over its predecessor, its Swedish manufacturer claimed when revealing the latest model of the electric car. We’re set to see the popular EV in Australia starting this July.

The latest version of the premium compact EV features a new front-end design, more powerful batteries, and overall enhancements across the board, including wireless phone charging as a standard feature. Plus, the 2024 Polestar 2 introduces rear-wheel drive, a first for the company.

Considering how much we enjoyed previous iteration of the Polestar 2, it’s easy to get excited. We also have new details about the slick EV’s specifications and Australian pricing.

A major update

In Polestar’s initial media announcement, CEO Thomas Ingenlath emphasised that this was no mere minor cosmetic upgrade.

“Typically in the car industry, a facelift introduces superficial visual changes that often destroy the original intention of the car’s design theme,” Ingenlath said. “With the new model year Polestar 2, we rather went below the surface and upgraded substantial tech and mechanical components of the electric drivetrain.”

Looking at the numbers suggests that the upgrades aren’t being oversold, either. All versions of the 2024 Polestar 2 house new motors and inverters, which reportedly improve the EV’s efficiency and performance. Arguably the biggest gains are found among the single-motor versions of the car, seeing its motor power output increase to 220kW, up from 170kW.

2024 Polestar 2 rear view

The aforementioned rear-wheel drive applies to both the single-motor versions, which come in standard and long range respectively. Meanwhile, the dual-motor models retain the all-wheel drive configuration.

Another welcome improvement comes in the form of battery improvements. All but the standard range version have upgraded lithium-ion 82kWh batteries that now charge up to 205kW DC, while all versions see range improvements thanks to optimised delivery from the enhanced motors. Long range dual-motor versions will see a 104km improvement up to 591km, while the long range single-motor EV’s range now goes up to 654km, up 103km.

As an added bonus, the 2024 Polestar 2 EVs with the 82kWh batteries produce 1.1 tonnes fewer carbon emissions than previous versions. More specifically, producing these cars emits 5.9 tonnes of emissions per vehicle, down from 7 tonnes previously.

2024 Polestar 2 release date and pricing

According to the recent local announcement, the updated Polestar will be available to order in Australia starting from 5 July 2023. We also now know that the pricing before on-road costs starts at $67,400 for the standard range model. Keep an eye on the company’s website for full details in addition to the specs listed below.

2024 Polestar 2Standard range Single motorLong range Single motorLong range Dual motor Long range Dual motor with Performance Pack
DrivetrainRWDRWDAWDAWD
Battery capacity69kWh82kWh82kWh82kWh
Max charging speed (DC)135kW205kW205kW205kW
Range (WLTP)Up to 532kmUp to 654kmUp to 591kmUp to 591km
PowerTBD220kW310kW350kW
TorqueTBD490Nm740Nm740Nm
Price (before on-road costs)$67,400$71,400$76,400$85,400

With a top-tier pricing of $85,000, this means that all 2024 Polestar 2 models qualify for the Federal Electric Vehicle Discount, as the luxury car tax threshold increased to $89,332 for the 2023-24 financial year. If this is outside your budget, the newly announced MG4 Excite 51 and BYD Dolphin Dynamic are the first EVs in Australia to start below $40,000 before on-road costs. Plus, more EV charging infrastructure throughout locations like regional NSW and Western Australia will make EV ownership more viable.

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This article was updated on 27 June 2023 to include additional details following the Australian announcement.