In terms of dynamic updates, this is about as fundamental as it gets. Single-motor Polestar 2 variants (the ones almost everyone chooses) have been switched from front to rear-wheel drive, which Polestar claims 'elevates the driving experience to a whole new level'.
Joakim Rydholm, the brand's Head of Chassis Development, reckons this updated model 'is an even more playful and agile car, retaining its compactness and complete sense of control, while at the same time becoming more mature with added comfort.'
It certainly features quite a few engineering changes - even at the foot of the range, where the base Standard range Single motor variant now gets a revised 69kWh battery (sourced from LG Chem) and a redesigned permanent magnet motor producing 295bhp and 490Nm of torque (raised from the earlier model's 228bhp and 330Nm). That gets the car to 62mph in 6.2s, 1.2s faster than before. And, more significantly, driving range rises to 321 miles, 24 miles more than the earlier version.
The mid-level Long range Single motor model also gets a battery change - and in this case one with greater capacity, an 82kWh battery pack (up from 78kWh) supplied by CATL and capable of taking the car up to 406 miles. That same 82kWh battery also appears in the top Dual-Motor AWD model, which now has a 367 mile total (rising 64 miles from before thanks to a front motor disconnect function that's particularly adept at maximising range).
That top AWD model should be more engaging to drive too, thanks to the new powertrain's greater rear bias; and it'll be faster, total system output rising to 416bhp (14bhp more than before) and 760Nm of torque (100Nm more). The 0-62mph time of that Dual-Motor variant is therefore cut to 4.5s. If that's still not quick enough, customers for this AWD flagship model will be offered an optional 'Performance Pack' upgrade, which boosts power to 469bhp and cuts the sprint time to just 4.2s. This option is also offered to existing Polestar 2 AWD owners as an over-the-air update.
Even if you're impressed by all of this, you might still understandably have a few qualms about choosing a sports saloon from a subsidiary of the Volvo marque, a maker yet to deliver any sort of enthusiast-orientated product and a brand that limits the top speed of all its cars to 112mph. But give this Polestar 2 model a chance. Massive efforts have been made to imbue this car with levels of steering feel and body control that are about as far from your perception of Volvo as it's possible to get.