2020 Volkswagen I.D. Neo EV: Looks, Range, And Everything Else We Know

When it comes to electric cars, there’s been much hype and fanfare around Tesla’s Model 3 being an affordable, electric car for the masses. However, the road has been bumpy, no thanks to production delays and quality issues.

German giant Volkswagen, in its quest to shed its diesel-gate image, thinks it can succeed where Tesla haven’t; in the form of a ourpose-built small electric hatch called the I.D. Neo (name to be confirmed). We’ve seen the concept, but how will the production version up the ante compared to the Model 3? Let’s take a closer look.

Contemporary VW Styling

Compared to its conceptual forbearer, styling takes on a more mature and yet still contemporary approach. While looking tall and stubby like Nissan’s Leaf, it’s miles sleeker than an e-Golf and at the same time, it won’t ruffle those conservative feathers like BMW’s i3 has.

VW ID. Concept

There’s no traditional grille, only a thin LED strip that spans between the headlights with a charging port sitting below. The lower intake is likely for battery pack cooling and aesthetic purposes only. Like the concept, sheetmetal surfacing is relatively free from hard creases and over-embellishment of design elements. Instead things are kept simple in the name of aerodynamic efficiency.

Under The Skin

One of the benefits of Volkswagen’s new MEB-based electric car is in efficient packaging. With no internal combustion engine compromising things, designers have much more freedom in terms of maximizing occupant space and storage.

A plethora of tech will keep its occupants entertained, safe and relaxed. One such example is vehicle-to-vehicle communication, which will assist drivers with upcoming hazards and traffic signal timing. Other features will include a VW iOS electric architecture with over-the-air updates for apps, autonomous cruise, self-parking, digital cockpit display and a climate-friendly, highly efficient air conditioning system.

Fast Charging

The new I.D. Neo will support rapid or DC fast charging at 125kW and it’ll take more or less 30 minutes for an 80% charge. At a slower pace, it can be charged at home (at a rate of 2.3kW) off a 230V supply or a ‘VW Wallbox’ at 11kW.

In the future, Volkswagen envisages its owners using mobile quick-charging stations (think of them as giant power banks). They can be set up independent of power supply where needed, like at sporting events and businesses. With storage capacity up to 360 kWh, they can charge four EV’s simultaneously, with an average of 17 minutes per charge.

Power To The People

The base variant is expected to perform swiftly, with 0-100 Km/h (0-62 mph) done in under 8 seconds. Driving range for that model will be around 330km (205 miles). Higher series versions will join the range at later date, employing bigger lithium-ion battery packs for longer distance driving. Range in these models is expected to be in the 340 mile (550 km) arena, according to new, stricter WLTP standards.

Surprisingly, power will be fed to the rear wheels for better driving attributes, and the drivetrain will be rear-mounted onto a subframe with a multilink axle.

Production & Amped Alternatives

Manufacturing will be based at a climate-neutral facility in Zwickau, East Germany for most markets. This plant is set to become Europe’s biggest EV factory with a target annual output of up to 330,000 vehicles. There will be one model at launch, with long-range/performance variants coming on stream later down the track.

Rivals include Nissan’s Leaf, Tesla Model 3, BMW i3 and Volkswagen’s own e-Golf. We’ll see it in the flesh towards the end of the year, with worldwide sales to start in early 2020. Pricing will be in the same ballpark as the current Golf diesel.

What do you think of Volkswagen’s first mass-market electric vehicle? Share your views in the comments below.

 

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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Production Prototype And Concept VW ID. Pictured above

  • I HOPE IT LOOKS BETTER THAN THE RENDER.

    • ascariss

      Looks like a rush job by mr Byrnes, rear rim is flat, front rim almost
      flat, same for the lower bumper, flat in some areas, needs more depth. Not sure why he opted for gti rims, should have used the concept’s or another vw concepts rims.

      • Dude

        My thoughts exactly on the rims. I feel like VW will only offer aerodynamic rims like Honda does with the Insight.

    • GlobalPostitpad

      Reminds me of a Peugeot 307 or European Civic from 15 years ago. The public didn’t like that shape of car back then. I don’t know why they’ll like it in 2020.

  • charlotteharry57

    I like it but is that 2020 launch for Europe or the States? Traditionally, new models are launched in Europe about 2 years before we see them stateside.

    • Six_Tymes

      so, whats the problem? are you actually complaining because there wont be a 2 year delay launch somewhere?

    • designer_dick

      I always thought the delay in Volkswagen introducing new models was to do with them manufacturing them at their Puebla plant in Mexico rather than in Germany. The I.D. Neo will be built exclusively in Germany, so there shouldn’t be any issue in launching it in markets worldwide at roughly the same time as its launched in Europe.

      • GlobalPostitpad

        These will be easy to export as knock down kits. The production lines for Electric cars are simpler.
        I’d expect that an ID can be manufactured using knock down kits in any sales territory where the volumes warrant it avoiding duties and big investment in plant.

  • Bash

    It’s like a golf! What’s not to like? But I don’t the interior.

    • chris

      That’s not the production interior

      • Bash

        Good to know then.

        • chris

          Agreed, a little too ‘futurisric’ if you ask me

  • Poul Winther Knudsen

    Manufacturing in East Germany? That seems a bit late.

  • chris

    Please bring it the the States.

  • EM1
  • Kent

    I wonder if this will ever come to the states. Americans are not in to hatch backs. Now the crossover version of the ID will sell like hotcakes in the states. Americans LOVE crossovers!

    • chris

      I want the hatchback. A crossover is just a bigger hatchback.

  • MJack

    I’m sorry…who said the Tesla 3 is affordable? At least in Canada the starting price is $60k while a base BMW 3 series starts at $45k. Yes you’re stuck driving a BMW but at least you have $15k in your pocket and a car that wasn’t assembled like Ikea furniture. If VW can make this truly affordable then I’ll pay attention.

  • Paul

    I like it and if I didn’t have range anxiety living in the rural areas it would be nice to have. But what of it’s price?

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