Prior to pre-orders for the Volkswagen ID. hatchback kicking off, the company’s Dutch division published (and quickly removed) a handful of videos showcasing a lightly-disguised prototype. Thanks to the folks over at Elektrowoz, we have a number of screenshots which were captured before the videos were removed.
As recent spy shots of the ID. hatchback have indicated, the all-electric vehicle will look very similar to the concept. Consequently, the design is drastically different than other existing models in the Volkswagen family with the fresh and modern design fitting of an all-new generation of products from the car manufacturer.
The prototype featured in the video was covered in a blue and red paint scheme and while some parts of the car are hidden, many elements aren’t. At the front, for example, we can see the headlights of the production-spec ID. for the very first time, complete with LED daytime running lights neatly incorporated into the outer edges of the headlight units. Elsewhere, we can see a small lower grille on the car as well as a number of golf ball-like dimples across the bumper.
As for the sides, the most noteworthy element are perhaps the windows in front of the side mirrors. The electric hatchback also sports very thin A-pillars and promises to offer excellent visibility. Screenshots showing the vehicle’s rear reveal a prominent wing stretching off the roof, a sharp tailgate, and taillights similar to those of the Golf.
Volkswagen has confirmed that the car will be offered with three battery configurations. The entry-level version will be powered by a 48 kWh pack that offers 205 miles (330 km) of driving range. Sitting in the middle of the range will be a model with 280 miles (450 km) of range while a 111 kWh version with about 342 miles (550 km) of range will sit at the top of the family. All three models will have a rear-mounted 168 hp electric motor powering the rear wheels.