Now just a day before the press event in Paris, VW revealed the full design of the vehicle with a series of renders. It also released a few details and confirmed that they aim for a parallel production with the Golf in 2020.
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As previously reported, the new car will be built on VW’s new modular electrification kit (MEB) and it will be part of its plan to build 2 to 3 million all-electric cars a year and unveil 30 new models by 2025.
It will have a NEDC-rated range of “400 to 600 km” (~250 to 375 miles) depending on the battery pack configuration.
Here are the new renders released by VW today:
As previously stated, the vehicle is about ‘Golf-size’ and it will be produced side-by-side with its gas-powered counterpart. It’s not clear what will happen of the e-Golf.
The I.D. concept was described by VW as “the first Volkswagen in a completely new fleet of highly innovative electric vehicles.” It will be equipped with a fairly small electric motor with an output of 125 kW.
It will also feature a “fully automated mode” called “I.D. Pilot”. We noticed on the design sketches released earlier this week that the sensors on the vehicle looked a lot like the new Lidar sensors on the Faraday Future prototype:
VW says that the steering wheel retracts into the dashboard when the “I.D. Pilot” is enabled. The German automaker hasn’t been talking a lot about its ambitions for self-driving cars, but it looks like we have a clear timeline now that the I.D. concept is set for a 2020 release.
While 2020 puts VW in the middle of the pack for self-driving cars, it places toward the end of it for a long-range relatively affordable electric car. We will have to wait and see what the next generation e-Golf will have to offer in term of range.
Update: The unveiled the car concept moments ago: