Following numerous rumors and teasers, the Volkswagen Group has finally unveiled the all-new ID Concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the concept previewing a production model by 2020.
The Volkswagen ID Concept is in fact – as the carmaker states – the sparkle that will lead the way to the future of Volkswagen electric and autonomous vehicles, this one seen here being the first model to come with semi-autonomous vehicle.
In terms of design, the ID Concept looks extremely futuristic, thanks to the latest technology concerning lighting. We are looking here at the new flush LED headlights, blue tires with massive rims, small windscreen and roof design. Also, the concept seems to have no front and rear bumpers.
The compact body styling with no add-ons at the front and rear is part of the company`s new MEB platform, which was designed specifically for electric purposes, with space enough to accommodate high-performance batteries and to make room for passengers and their luggage.
As the company states, the Volkswagen ID Concept comes with a range between 400 km and 600 km, all thanks to a high-performance electric motor with 125 kW on board. Inside, the cabin will be the most high-tech, with lots of displays and touch-screen interfaces with “augmented reality projected on the screen”.
Once it will arrive on the market, the production model will borrow the ID`s most important highlights, which are thoroughly described below by Volkswagen chairman Herbert Diess:
1. I.D. is the first Volkswagen in a completely new fleet of highly innovative electric vehicles.
2. I.D. is immediately recognisable as a zero-emission vehicle thanks to a newly developed design DNA for electric cars.
3. I.D. is driven by an electric motor with an output of 125 kW and has a range of between 400 and 600 kilometres on a single battery charge.
4. I.D. has an interior that offers an entirely new spatial experience with the Open Space.
5. I.D. will be launched as a compact electric car in 2020 parallel to the Golf.
6. As a concept car, I.D. gives us a first tangible glimpse of fully automated driving – this mode will be offered from 2025 onward.
7. I.D. retracts its multifunction steering wheel into the dashpad when in fully automated mode (“I.D. Pilot”).
8. I.D. can receive parcels using a new delivery service, if its owner isn’t at home.
9. I.D. is the first compact Volkswagen based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB).
10. Volkswagen has set itself the goal of selling a million electric cars a year by 2025.