ID Scirocco, anyone?
The reveal of the Volkswagen ID.4 is exciting in more ways than one. The first of VW's ID-branded electric vehicles to be offered in the United States will arrive September 23, launching a new affordable EV for the masses. But more importantly, its MEB electric platform will go on to spawn various other models, ushering in a new era of attainable electrified vehicles. Speaking with Autocar, VW spoke about some potential new models that could arrive in the electric ID lineup.
"We have to take into account that lower segments will in the future be demanding EVs, and we're preparing concepts," said VW CEO Ralf Brandstatter. "We're working on concepts for smaller segments. We will discuss it soon. Cars in smaller segments are important and very interesting for us."
VW previously offered subcompact city vehicles like the e-Up, also sold as the Skoda Citigo-e iV. Tiny cars like these tend to sell poorly in the US, as evidenced by the failure of the Smart brand, so we don't foresee an entry-level ID.1 hatchback ever coming stateside. But cheer up, because a small electric sports car could be on the table.
"MEB is a very versatile platform. Year by year, we will inform you which kind of cars are possible," Brandstatter said when asked about plans for an EV sports car. VW already teased an electric Dune Buggy, but it may already be scrapped in favor of a revived Type-181 "Thing", according to trademark filings. If VW is taking requests, we wouldn't mind seeing a compact electric hot hatch badged as the ID Scirocco.
The MEB platform will also spawn a larger three-row crossover model, likely called the ID.6, as well as two electric vans called the ID.Buzz and ID.Cargo. In the wake of Dieselgate, VW has completely transformed itself from a diesel brand to an EV company in the matter of just a few short years.
"The ID.4 stands for carbon-neutral mobility and will mobilize millions because it's a real global car," said Brandstatter. "It will quickly become a top model, not in a niche, because the market segment is becoming more and more important."