Volkswagen's new electric city car is expected to arrive in 2023.
The Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback will launch as the German automaker's first-ever EV, followed by the ID.4 electric crossover. If you're wondering why VW's first EV is called the ID.3, VW sees it as the third important chapter in the company's history after the Beetle and Golf, marking the start of a new electric era. Unsurprisingly, Volkswagen is already working on smaller ID.1 and ID.2 models that will slot below the ID.3.
According to Car Magazine, the ID.1 will be an electric supermini city car that will arrive in showrooms around 2023 and rival the Honda E and Mini Cooper SE. The ID.1 will reportedly have similar dimensions to the 2020 e-Up, meaning it will adopt a boxy five-door bodystyle with short overhangs and a spacious cabin.
Styling cues from the ID.3 are expected to carry over such as the slim LED headlights and full-width light bar. A rugged ID.1 Crozz (crossover) and e-Roomzz van variant are also allegedly in the pipeline. Like the ID.3, the ID.1 will be underpinned by VW's new MEB architecture.
As for the powertrain, the ID.1 will likely be offered with a choice of either a 24kWh or 36kWh battery, with the latter offering a range of around 185 miles. That may seem paltry compared to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which offers 238 miles of range, but the Volkswagen ID.1 may have a competitive advantage: the price. According to Ralf Brandstatter, the head of the Volkswagen brand, VW is aiming to sell the ID.1 for less than $22,000, which would undercut the Mini Cooper EV.
"In future, it will make no sense putting battery cells in a car designed for an engine as we have done with [2020's updated] e-Up - that was a stepping-stone project," said Brandstatter. "We are working on a BEV below €20,000 (£17,600) - we can shrink the MEB architecture with less content to get the cost down."
The ID.1 will be the smallest model in the ID family followed by the ID.2, which will rival the Renault Zoe and Peugeot e-208. A high-performance R version of the ID.3 hatch is also being planned. Since the ID.3 won't be sold outside of Europe, it seems unlikely the smaller ID.1 and ID.2 will be available in the US, but the ID.1 crossover could potentially come to America.