SPIED: Polestar 2 Facelift Will Be The Epitome Of Swedish Simplicity

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The facelifted liftback EV looks instantly familiar.

Polestar is going from strength to strength in 2022. Although the beautiful Polestar 6 electric roadster has been getting the lion's share of the attention over the last few weeks, it's the Polestar 2 sedan that will continue making up the bulk of the company's sales in the short term. This classy yet restrained Tesla Model 3 rival has already undergone some changes this year with the addition of a cheaper single-motor version and a smattering of updates for the 2023 lineup, and now we have a fresh batch of spy photos of the Polestar 3 sporting some visual changes. But in typical Volvo/Polestar fashion, the alterations are especially subtle, suggesting Polestar will rely on substance over style to keep the brand's entry-level EV current.

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In front, Polestar has covered up most of the grille, but the lower section reveals what looks like several vertical slats that are different from the block-like design of the existing model. The Thor's Hammer headlights remain unchanged, but there is a slightly different bumper. This test car, expected to be a 2024 model, also does without fog lights. As for the side profile and the rear, there look to be no changes at all.

After the breathtaking Polestar 6, it would've been refreshing if the facelifted Polestar 2 arrived with some more substantial changes, but there will always be a group of buyers that will appreciate its unfussy design. Besides, Polestar's CEO said recently that he isn't a fan of shouty, arrogant car designs that crave attention wherever they go, and the Polestar 2 does have an attractive humility to it.

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Our spies were unable to get a shot of the interior, so perhaps this is where Polestar has made some more meaningful changes. The car was on the receiving end of some software updates earlier this year, so perhaps more will be on the way. Some of these software updates, already planned for the 2023 model, enable the heat pump to improve driving range by up to 10%. Other 2023 updates include new upholstery choices, a new paint color from the Polestar 1 known as Space, and fresh wheel designs. More significantly, the software upgrades push the Performance Pack's outputs up by 67 horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque.

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Perhaps the minimal updates for the facelifted Polestar 2 are no surprise as the car is still fresh, it's selling well, and the company has been busying itself with a number of other developments. Polestar officially began trading on Nasdaq in June, and it has reported exceptional growth this year, delivering 21,185 cars in the first six months, up from 9,510 in the same period in 2021. The more daring Polestar 3, the brand's first SUV, is launching imminently. Together with the Polestar 2, this SUV will be crucial in helping the automaker meet its goal of increasing sales volumes tenfold from 29,000 last year to 290,000 in 2025.

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