VW Shows Camouflaged ID Production Model Testing On Public Roads

Last Friday photos of a heavily camouflaged VW ID test car surfaced online and now the German carmaker officially confirmed that the that it was indeed their first EV doing its first approval drive in South Africa.

Without providing too much information, VW said that this is the production version of the ID Hatchback concept that debuted back in 2016. The electric model is set to enter production in November 2019.

The VW ID will be similarly sized to the Golf and will be priced similarly to a diesel-powered Golf, too. It will also debut the MEB architecture, VW’s EV-exclusive platform that’s set to underpin the German company’s electric offensive in the coming years.

The upcoming 2020 VW ID will have a rear mounted 168hp (170PS) electric motor driving the rear wheels. Having the powertrain at the rear enabled VW to free up more space in the cabin and make it more maneuverable, thanks to an impressively tight turning circle.

According to VW, the MEB platform will give us electric models with a driving range between 205 miles (330km) to over 340 miles (550km), meaning that the production version of the ID hatchback will offer an impressive range from the get-go.

Other features of the upcoming EV include full connectivity online, offering a range of services to the owners. VW avoided however to add things like pop-up door handles or door cameras, as these would have a negative impact on the car’s price.


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  • “priced similarly to a diesel-powered Golf” . hmmm… I very much doubt that.

    • Of similar performance. I think that’s realistic.

    • Miknik

      In the German publications they mention ” a very well equipped” Golf TDI, which can easily be 35.000 Euros and above …

      • ThatGuy

        BMW i3 (94 Ah): 37.550 €
        VW ID test: 35.000 € – your assumption seems spot on
        With that said, that will be the entry price, so majority of people are prices out of the market for one.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Maybe a full-optional GTD

  • ThatGuy

    Will be priced closer to a GTI or I3 BMW and will be sold in droves. Hope they dont make it fast, as people who cant really drive and have too much money will put other road users at risk, and no it does not apply to driving enthusiasts or car enthusiasts as majority of them respect cars and speed. And no not a pseudo-car person

    • Marty

      “No real scotsman”

  • I don’t think it would replace the Golf, I like the I.D. family.

  • Rani

    Very impressive from VW. Won’t be surprised if it ends up setting the standard for this class of vehicle.

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