Call us intrigued.
Volkswagen is desperately trying to recover from Dieselgate and re-identify itself as a leading manufacturer of electric cars. As part of this strategy, the German manufacturer has been revealing electric car concepts as part of its new ID range, starting with the ID Concept hatchback first shown at the Paris Motor Show last year with an impressive range of up to 373 miles on a single charge. This was followed by the ID Buzz at Detroit, essentially an all-electric Microbus with autonomous driving capabilities.
To cover as many segments as possible, an all-electric Volkswagen ID SUV will also be revealed at the Shanghai show next month. Following this, Autocar reports that we can expect an all-electric Volkswagen sedan concept to join the eclectic I.D. line-up at a later date, possibly at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. According to Autocar, VW's design chief Klaus Bischoff has teased that the all-electric sedan will be a "surprise" and that it has already prompted strong reactions from VW employees upon seeing it for the first time. Call us intrigued. Volkswagen also confirmed that these electric concepts represent different "families" of models built on the MEB platform.
Each will have different design quirks, but will share a common theme according to Bischoff. One of the distinguishing design features of the ID range will be what Bischoff calls a "no grille philosophy." "Volkswagen was born with no grille," he said. "With ID, we're looking into the future but have our original identity with a closed front end." Each ID model will also have a lower air intake to cool down the battery while charging, as well as unique headlights and an illuminated VW badge to distinguish them from non-electric models. Volkswagen intends to introduce its first electric ID car in 2020 and sell one million EVs by 2025, which could include an all-electric GTI hot hatch at some stage.