Polestar hasn’t exactly gotten off to a great start in the color selection category so far, offering a minimal palette for its otherwise exciting brand-new cars—the Polestar 1 hybrid coupe and Polestar 2 EV hatchback—in uninspiring shades of dull grey, white, blue, and black colors. We were initially excited to find out that the 2023 Polestar 2 will make some changes to its color lineup, continuing its space theme with new color names like, well, “Space” and “Jupiter.” Sadly, one of the colors is just black, and the other is some sort of clinical muted beige.
When you think about it, space, the universe, literally contains every color both known and unknown to man, so it’s a fair letdown that 2023’s color wheel doesn’t add anything unquestionably exciting to the brand’s color mix. Moving on from that sticking point, though, and the new shade of black, dubbed “Space,” does seem to have some serious metallic flake to it, perhaps to give it an astrological quality under the right light.
The Jupiter color is some sort of off-white, seemingly replacing the current “Moon” offering that’s a little more beige. We’ll have to reserve judgement until we see it in person, of course, but we’re still disappointed with the overall selection available.
Polestar has now confirmed that the two new colors are also coming to North America, with more official updates for the 2023 model year. Magnesium grey has replaced the previously-available Void black paint selection as the standard choice included in the base price. For any other color—including Snow white, a darker Thunder grey, Jupiter beige, Midnight blue, and Space black—there will be an upcharge. Currently, the fee is $1,200 for a non-standard color in the U.S. with the outgoing palette.
Polestar also confirmed new 19- and 20-inch wheel selections that are said to have improved aerodynamic qualities. There’s a new “19-inch five-double-spoke black diamond cut alloy wheel,” a new “20-inch five-V-spoke black silver alloy wheel,” along with the “20-inch four-Y-spoke black polished forged alloy wheel” that’s been available already. Inside, a new interior color called Zinc comes with the available ventilated Napa leather with Light Ash trim accents.
The Polestar 2’s mechanical heat pump has improved its optimal temperature range (between 20 and 77 degrees F), which helps maintain vehicle range in real-world adverse conditions. A new cabin air filter with an upgraded particulate matter sensor can now quantify air quality improvement inside the car compared to the exterior air. The automaker also now traces its mica and cobalt battery materials from source to production, “to ensure ethical mining and manufacturing processes are employed.” Polestar says price and range updates are coming for North America at a later date.
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