VW’s $23k EV Will Be A Compact Crossover For The People

VW has reportedly green-lit an affordable electric crossover model that will go on sale in 2022 for around 20,000 euros ($23k in current exchange rates).

We first heard the news on VW wanting to offer an EV for $23k last week, and now Autocar says that VW’s entry-level electric model will be a compact crossover with similar dimensions to the T-Roc.

This will be the fifth electric model from Volkswagen, which by 2022 will have already launched the Neo hatchback (the production version of the I.D. hatch) and the Crozz, Buzz and Vizzion EVs. The goal for the project is to create a new people’s car in a bid to repeat the success of the original Beetle and Golf in the 21st century.

Diess has recently said that the company’s engineers are working on an electric model that aims to be priced at half that of the Tesla Model 3, without providing further information. The British publication says that the idea behind the entry-level I.D. model is a car with classless design appeal, excellent interior space within a compact footprint, and an affordable price.

As with the rest of the I.D. models, the entry-level electric crossover will be based on the new MEB modular architecture that’s been specifically designed for EVs. The electric motor will be mounted at the front and the battery will have enough capacity to provide a driving range of over 186 miles (300km).

In order to hit its aggressive price target, the new electric VW will most likely be offered with front-wheel drive only and keep a range of connectivity features in the options list. Audi, Seat and Skoda will also offer similar models.

Production will take place at the Emden factory in Germany, which currently builds the Passat and Arteon, which will reportedly move to Skoda’s factory in Kvasiny.

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  • I GUESS VW MISSED THE FACT THAT THE BEETLE AND GOLF/RABBIT WERE COUPE’S.

    • Matt

      Those cars were also petrol-powered… a lot has changed since then.

  • Paul

    I’d like to see the thing look like that red one depicted at the top of the page.

  • Mr. EP9

    Whatever you say VW. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • BlackPegasus

    $23k ? Yeah sure VW

    • Daniela Wolf

      What basically means that VW will rip Tesla’s ass up. ^^

    • Sébastien

      2022 ? Yeah sure VW (It’s been ages that they announce awesome EVs in 4 years)

  • GobbleUp

    Somehow VW will find a way to cheat emissions and deceive customers yet again. POS company.

  • charlotteharry57

    I KNEW that VWs goal was to reintroduce a “people’s car” as an EV. Question is, WHERE will I charge it? I don’t know of any public charging stations within 25 (maybe more) miles of where I live.

    • Bash

      True man. Same here, seems we are limited to our homes only to charge, if only.

  • OdysseyTag

    Probability and execution aside, VW certainly has one of the more clearer roadmaps and visions I’ve seen exposed to media right next to Ford.

    VW is betting fully on electric – got it.
    Ford is betting fully on SUVs – also got it.

    Curious about the other big guys though – whether their playing it safe and keeping their options varied or whether any of them have big plans to commit to something which might be seen as a bit of a gamble (full-autonomy, hydrogen etc.).

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    • charlotteharry57

      Both Ford and VW have serious flaws in their plans. Ford’s will go belly-up if and when the economy turns downward and VW has forgotten (apparently) about facilities to charge all these EVs. The rest may be playing it safer, but probably wiser.

      • OdysseyTag

        And yet that wasn’t my point. It’s easy to break apart these plans when they are as transparent as they are.

        What’s more intriguing to know is the direction the Toyota’s and the Hyundai’s will take. The FCAs and the PSAs. The tri-alliance at Nissan/Renault/Mitsubishi and GM. They all have a big role to play in the direction of the automotive industry.

        If there’s a large pull towards one area in the industry, then the roadmap becomes more clearer.

        If diesels are being phased out and motor shows are being pulled out of by multiple companies, it shows a general trend symptomatic of the way forward much clearer than when a single company does it.

  • JBsC6

    210 mile range would be a s,arter goal for the peoples car in my opinion.

  • danno

    “classless design” or should it be “timeless design” ?

  • Axiom Ethos

    Anyone can make a 23k electric car. Price is nothing without range, which they clearly are not boasting about, only the price. VW is just a scummy company dangling a carrot that doesn’t even exist in an attempt to attract interest away from Tesla.

  • S3XY

    cliche I’ll believe it when I see it

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