Volkswagen will start accepting pre-orders for the upcoming I.D. hatchback on May 8.
The company’s board member for sales, Jurgen Stackmann, made the announcement at the car manufacturer’s Annual Media Conference on March 13.
“The first stage of this journey will get underway on May 8. That is when pre-booking for the I.D. starts. Starting then, customers who want to be among the very first I.D. owners can make a down payment to secure an early production slot,” Stackmann said.
“I think it not improbable that the launch edition will already have sold out before the I.D. is unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show; the numbers being reported by our dealers indicate that.”
The all-electric hatchback will hit the production line in November 2019 and land in dealerships around the globe in early 2020. Our spy photographers have snapped the car testing throughout the past few months and VW itself has revealed a number of important details.
The first thing to note about the I.D. hatchback is that it will be underpinned by the VW Group’s MEB modular electric platform which will be used by all other I.D. models that will follow.
Entry-level versions are expected to feature a battery pack offering up about 206 miles (331 km) of range. A number of mid-range models are also anticipated, while the range-topping model will have a range of up to 342 miles (550 km), or around 290 miles (467 km) under EPA testing.
Volkswagen has already disclosed that the I.D. hatchback will cost the same as “a modern Golf diesel”, but it’s unclear if they refer to the $27,170 base Golf diesel or the $39,320 range-topping one.