2023 Polestar 2 gets new colors and wheels, revised interior

  • The 2023 Polestar 2 gains two new colors, new wheel designs and new interior materials.
  • Polestar also uses blockchain technology to track metals, including cobalt, mica and aluminum, to ensure they are ethically sourced and processed using sustainable energy .
  • The 2 also gets an upgraded heat pump which Polestar says improves actual range.

    For the 2023 model year, the Polestar 2 gets a host of upgrades, including new design elements, an optimized heat pump and new technology to make the 2 more durable. Polestar previously updated the 2 for 2022 with longer EPA-estimated range in the single-motor model – now 270 miles – and an additional 68 horsepower for the dual-motor version.

    The 2023 Polestar 2 will come with two new exterior colors. The first, called Space, is a metallic black, while the second, dubbed Jupiter, is described as a gray-gold with a red flake. These new colors can be matched with new designs for the standard 19-inch wheels as well as the optional 20-inch wheels. Inside, Nappa leather can be offered in a new Zinc Gray color and new Light Ash trim is also available.

    Polestar has partnered with software company Circulor, which uses blockchain technology to track where Polestar sources its cobalt and mica, two key minerals used in electric car batteries. Polestar says the partnership allows it to verify that minerals come from ethical mining and manufacturing sources. The technology has also seen Polestar turn to aluminum suppliers who use sustainable energy. Polestar claims this has reduced carbon emissions from producing the aluminum tray containing the 2’s battery. Polestar is experimenting with similar emissions reductions with its aluminum wheels and expects the wheels to start reducing carbon emissions in the second half.

    Polestar also claims to have improved the optimum temperature range for the mechanical heat pump included in the Plus package to between 20 degrees and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Polestar claims the pump, which was previously optimized between 40 and 60 degrees, helps increase true range in “adverse conditions.” It’s unclear at this point if the car’s EPA lineup will be adjusted as a result of these changes.

    Polestar has also added an advanced cabin filter and improved interior particle sensor, which is now paired with an in-vehicle app to measure the improvement in cabin air quality compared to the outside world. Finally, Polestar added a removable sun visor for 2s equipped with the panoramic glass roof.

    Pricing hasn’t been released yet, but we don’t expect it to change much from the starting price of the current car. Look for the 2023 single-motor version to start around $47,500 and the dual-motor version to start around $51,500.

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    Betty K. Park