Volkswagen is set to unveil its long-awaited compact urban electric vehicle priced at around £17,000.
The German automaker previewed what to expect from its most affordable electric vehicle with the quirky ID Life concept at the Munich auto show last year, but a new preview image suggests that the design team went back to the drawing board to give the production version a stronger visual connection to the Volkswagen Trinity sedan, which will go on sale around the same time.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Volkswagen designers were looking to give the production version of the ID Life a more futuristic look and emphasize its digital functionality, in a bid to appeal to young people. buyers.
The sketch shows that the result is a sleeker, more muscular silhouette, with an angular front end and signature ID cues, such as the horizontal front light bar, cementing its position in the expanding ID family.
The new Polo-sized EV – expected to go into production as the ID 1 – will use a shortened version of the ID 3’s platform, called MEB Entry and reduced in length by around 100mm.
It’s also expected to be offered with the same 231hp front-mounted motor and 57kWh battery as the concept to deliver a range of nearly 250 miles and a 0-62mph time of under seven seconds.
Overall, it will offer substantial improvements in performance, efficiency and functionality over the Volkswagen e-Up, to which it will essentially serve as a replacement.
It will be built from 2025 in Spain – alongside technically identical sister models from Cupra and Skoda – where the Volkswagen Group has committed £8.5bn to the electrification of its operations, including the construction of a dedicated battery factory.
Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess was keen to highlight the role that new low-budget electric vehicles will play in increasing volumes.
“It made sense to approach electric vehicles from the top down, but by 2025 we believe the time will be right for a Polo-sized car,” he said. “We have a new generation of batteries; raw material price increases aside, our costs are now falling with scale. “The demand is there and the margins are there for small electric cars to be profitable.”
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This notice was published: 2022-05-23 23:01:24