Should VW build these?
Volkswagen's upcoming ID lineup of electric vehicles are preparing to take America by storm, starting with a crossover model called the Volkswagen ID.4. Built on VW's scalable MEB platform, the company can build a variety of electric vehicles that all share common underpinnings but feature very different bodywork. Case in point, the MEB architecture will also underpin a van called the ID.Buzz and a dune buggy called the ID Buggy.
These will both be exciting vehicles when they arrive on the market but the flexibility of the MEB platform opens up the possibility for so many more impressive products. Rendering artist Kleber Silva has imaged what two of these products might look like. Neither has been confirmed by VW but we think they look cool enough to at least be considered for production.
The first creation is called the Volkswagen ID.Scirocco GTS. It is meant to be a modernized version now-discontinued Scirocco coupe hatchback, using the Europe-only ID.3 hatchback as a base. Just as the original Scirocco was a sportier, coupe-like version of the Golf, this ID model is a sportier version of the ID.3. We'd expect the all-electric Scirocco to pack the same rear-mounted electric motor as the base ID.3, delivering 201 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful version with dual electric motors and all-wheel-drive could also be offered, and with EVs being the future, we see no reason why there couldn't be a ID.Scirocco R performance variant.
Silva calls his other creation the Volkswagen ID.5 Variant. 'Variant' is the name used on the Golf wagon model in Europe, so it seems appropriate for this long-roof rendering. The design is clearly based on the ID.Space Vizzion Concept (pictured below), which debuted at the 2019 LA Auto Show.
Since the ID.Space Vizzion has a longer wheelbase than an SUV, VW says it could fit a larger battery and a more powerful electric motor with 335 hp. Wagons are also lower to the ground and more aerodynamic than crossovers, allowing them to travel further on an electric charge. VW is already teasing more wagons in the form of the facelifted VW Arteon, so an ID wagon would be the perfect alternative propulsion partner.