Only minimal changes will be made to the production version.
Volkswagen is hyping up the arrival of its I.D. line of electric vehicles, which are set to propel the company into a new era. The I.D. hatchback was first shown off at the Paris Motor Show in 2016, and is set to enter production in 2019. As with most concept cars, we expected that the I.D. concept would change drastically for production, but this isn't the case. In an interview with Autocar's Greg Kable, Volkswagen design boss, Klaus Bischoff, said "The proportions, the design cues and the wheel size are the same as the concept. It looks like the show car."
Of course, some changes had to be made. Bischoff explained that "we couldn't do the camera-system rear-view mirrors for legal reasons, nor the electric door handles due to cost. But other than that, it's pretty much the same." We doubt the crazy concept car interior will make it into production, but that doesn't really matter. As long as the I.D. cars look like their concept counterparts, they should be very attractive. On-road testing is already under way, and a few pre-production cars have rolled off the assembly line. The company's engineers now have a 16-month window to develop the car and make it perfect.
While production will begin in 2019, customer deliveries are not expected until 2020 when the car is first sold in Britain. The I.D. hatchback isn't expected to be sold in the United States. Instead, the U.S. market will receive a crossover, and the production version of the I.D. Buzz. Power will come from a rear electric motor producing 168 horsepower with a range of 249-373 miles. The I.D. range will be very important for Volkswagen's future, and maintaining the looks of the concept is a great start.