Road-Going Volkswagen I.D. Hatch Will Closely Resemble The Concept

Volkswagen has confirmed that the road-going I.D. hatchback will look very similar to the 2016 concept.

Speaking to Autocar, VW design boss Klaus Bischoff said that little has been changed for the production car.

“The proportions, the design cues and the wheel size are the same as the concept. It looks like the show car. 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,” Bischoff said.

At least three other VW I.D. models are heading to production

The German brand started building pre-production prototypes in April and recently commenced a 16-month development and testing program. If all goes well, it intends on building the first production-spec models in November 2019 before sales and deliveries commence the following year.

Volkswagen has previously said that its I.D. family of models will all share a common design language, vastly different than those used by the firm’s ICE-powered models. Common design components are tipped to include similar LED headlights and illuminated VW badges.

When it hits the market, the I.D. hatch is expected to come outfitted with a 168 HP electric motor and a battery pack with a maximum range of up to 600 km (373 miles).

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  • Slowly but surely this will take over the Golf. 10 years ago the battery cost was $1000 per kWh. Today in 2018 the Tesla Model 3 battery cost is $190 per kWh. Once we hit $150 per kWh the production cost of electric vehicles will be on par with the ICE. However as electric cars are more simple by design, the maintenance is much cheaper and fueling as well. This means the lifetime cycle of an electric car, in this case I.D will be cheaper than the similarly equipped, similarly powerful Golf equivalent.

  • Six_Tymes

    That’s good, but for once MAKE IT EXACT, not just “closely resemble”. I mean Its not like VW doesn’t have the cash to do so. Part of the reason why a lot of people stopped going to car shows long ago, people get tired of OH LOOK WHAT WE CAN DESIGN, BUT YOU CANT HAVE IT. that mentality sucks, its like a visual game of bait and switch. its stupid to do that to your customer base.

    when people see something that amazes they want it, and are expecting that company to offer it, not just a close version or watered down, similar or closely resemble crap. WAKE UP Companies, and Be Bold like you say you are, PRODUCE AMAZING Product again, all you car companies have the big bucks to do so, DO IT.

  • DITCH THE SILL NEON GLOW.

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