The Volkswagen Electric I.D. Hatchback Not Coming To The US?

Crossover

You can blame America’s love of crossovers once again.

To repair the damage done to the brand by the disastrous Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen wants to reinvent itself as a premium electric carmaker with the launch of its new I.D. range. Three concepts have already previewed the potential production line-up: the I.D. hatchback, the Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz, and the I.D. Crozz crossover. Initially, Volkswagen will launch the I.D. hatchback in selected markets in 2020 – but the US won’t be one of them, according to Autoblog. Can you guess which I.D. car is coming to America first instead?

Predictably, the Crozz will be the first car in VW’s electric I.D. line-up to go on sale in the US either in late 2020 or early 2021. Yes, once again America’s love affair with SUVs and crossovers is to blame for Volkswagen’s reluctance to launch the I.D. hatch stateside. Hardly surprising, given that the popularity of the crossover segment is still showing no signs of slowing down in America. The electric crossover segment also remains largely untapped, so VW has an opportunity to fill the void. Despite what Chevrolet’s marketing may tell you, the Bolt resembles a hatchback more than a crossover, and the expensive Tesla Model X SUV is out of reach for most buyers.

You Might Also Like
The 1,000-HP Production Car Club Is Smaller Than You Think
The 1,000-HP Production Car Club Is Smaller Than You Think
6 Cars Mitsubishi Should Build To Become Cool Again
6 Cars Mitsubishi Should Build To Become Cool Again

Volkswagen, on the other hand, has promised that its electric I.D. cars won’t be much more expensive than regular models, which could give it a competitive edge. The I.D. Buzz also still hasn’t been confirmed for production, but VW’s modular platform means we’ll likely see the reborn electric Microbus make it to production – but it might not happen until close to 2025. As for what you can expect from the Crozz I.D. when the production model launches, the concept debuted at Shanghai with a 75 kW motor at the front axle and a 150 kW motor at the rear, producing a combined output of 302 hp and a quoted range of 311 miles on the European driving cycle.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

Students Create 600-HP Honda Civic Hybrid Rallycross Machine

Deep Orange 9 is our kind of school project.

Is The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Way More Powerful Than Advertised?

Jaguar claims the super sedan has 592 horsepower under the hood.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP
$19,895

Related Reviews

2017 Volkswagen Golf Review
Model Overview
0
2017 Volkswagen Golf Review
2016 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack: The Only Appliance You'll Need
Test Drive
13
2016 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack: The Only Appliance You'll Need
2018 Volkswagen Golf Test Drive Review: A Gem That Blends In With The Crowds
Test Drive
13
2018 Volkswagen Golf Test Drive Review: A Gem That Blends In With The Crowds