According to Auto Express, the upcoming concept will preview an entry-level hatchback that will be about the same size as the Audi A3 and the production version of the Volkswagen ID concept. The similarities to the latter model aren’t a coincidence as both cars will ride on the new MEB platform.
The decision to base the model on the MEB platform should help to keep costs down which is good news for consumers looking for something more affordable than standard E-Tron which starts at $74,800.
Little else is known about the car, but the production version of the ID concept is slated to go into production by the end of 2019. Volkswagen has previously said the MEB-based ID family will primarily be front-wheel drive, but there will also be all-wheel drive variants which feature an additional electric motor that powers the front wheels.
The car’s range remains a mystery, but specifications should echo those from the ID lineup. As a result, we can expect a modular battery pack that allows for ranges between 200 miles (321 km) and 340+ miles (547+ km) according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure.
While we have a pretty good idea about the car’s specs, the styling remains more mysterious. However, Audi’s head of exterior design suggested the hatchback will have more conventional styling than previous E-Tron models. Andreas Mindt said this is a bit of challenge as making a “small car look nice, which is cheap for mass production, is a very hard task.”
Considering the model will be unveiled in a few months, it could be shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
Note: Audi Aicon and VW ID concept pictured