VW has a long list of planned I.D.-badged electric vehicles for the future and it’s reportedly considering to add one more to this list, in the form of a rugged electric SUV that would rival models like the Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover Defender.
This comes straight from the mouth of VW’s head of strategy Michael Jost, who revealed the idea behind the proposed model to the German Auto Bild (via Auto Express). “There are no producers in this sector yet, [building] a robust electric car that loves scratches and wears them as a badge of honour.”
Jost is currently pushing the project internally and even gave a sketch to the German magazine in order to see how the public will react and hopefully convince the rest of the VW board to green-light the project.
The VW executive is keen on focusing on the electric SUV’s utilitarian nature, giving it a simple interior with hard-wearing and robust plastics along with displays that feature waterproof covers and the ability to clean it using a pressure washer.
The underpinnings of the rugged I.D. offroader will of course be VW’s MEB platform, which is designed exclusively for use in electric vehicles. VW has already designed the MEB version that will form the basis for a luxury full-size SUV, so the proposed model could share it pretty much straightaway. The final car could arrive with three and five door variants.
If the tough I.D. off-roader does get the green light, it should arrive in the market in 2021. Would you be interested in an electric SUV like this?