The new Polo-sized EV will be built on the MEB Entry platform and will feature the same 231hp front-mounted motor and 57kWh battery as the ID Life concept.
Volkswagen has set its sights on entry-level EVs aimed at European and emerging markets after introducing mid- and high-end EVs in multiple markets. While the ID 4 sedan will be introduced as a sleek technological showpiece aimed at stealing sales from the most popular electric vehicles on the market, an entry-level EV aimed at emerging and urban markets is also in the works.
- Entry level VW EV could be called ID 1
- Will be based on MEB platform
- Will be as big as the VW Polo
What do we Know About The Volkswagen Entry-Level EV so Far?
VW teased what to expect from its most affordable EV with the quirky ID Life concept at last year’s Munich Motor Show, but a new preview image suggests the design team went back to the drawing board to give the production version a stronger visual link to the Volkswagen ID 4. Volkswagen designers were reportedly looking to give the production version of the ID.Life a more futuristic look and emphasize its digital functionality in order to attract younger buyers earlier this year.
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The resulting sketch depicts a sleeker, more muscular silhouette with an angular front end and signature ID cues like the horizontal front light bar, solidifying its place in the ID family. Unlike the ID 4 sedan, the new Polo-sized EV – which is expected to be dubbed the ID.1 – will be built on a shortened version of the ID 3 platform known as MEB Entry, which is about 100mm shorter.
It’ll have the same 231hp front-mounted motor and 57kWh battery as the concept, giving it a range of nearly 400km and a 0-100kph time of less than seven seconds. Overall, it will outperform the Volkswagen e-Up in terms of performance, efficiency, and functionality. It will essentially replace the Volkswagen e-Up.
It will be produced in Spain starting in 2025, alongside technically identical sibling models from Cupra and Skoda, where the Volkswagen Group has pledged £8.5 billion (roughly Rs 82,858 crore) to electrify its operations, including the construction of a dedicated battery factory.
Volkswagen’s Electric Vehicle Plans for India
The ID 4 will be released in India in the near future, according to the brand. At the Auto Expo 2020, this EV was shown in concept form as the ID.Crozz.