Volkswagen was going to release by 2025 a serial electric car for 20 thousand euros based on the ID.Life concept. The company’s management did not refuse this idea, but the initial draft of the model was ordered to be redone.
In September 2021, Volkswagen presented a concept called ID.Life at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. The five-door hatchback is 4091 mm long (38 mm longer than the Volkswagen Polo) and is built on the MEB battery platform with a single engine in front, a flat traction battery underground and a semi-independent rear suspension. The showcar with a minimalistic design was well received by the public and the press, but in Volkswagen itself, as the German publication Automobilwoche found out, the concept was recognized as unsuccessful.
The main claim of the company’s management to the project of a budget electric car is a too ascetic interior without a dashboard and a media system. The role of the first in the concept was played by a smartphone, and the second was replaced by a retractable projection screen, on which you can display images from various gadgets, including game consoles. This approach to interior design at Volkswagen was considered too extraordinary and instructed chief designer Josef Kaban to prepare a fundamentally new version of the design of the future model.
The commercial model will most likely be called ID.2. The basic version should become closer to the usual hatchbacks, but a cross-version of the ID.2 X is also expected, which will appear a year after the main one, that is, not earlier than 2026. By the way, models of this class on a similar platform are also planned to be produced under the Cupra and Skoda brands.
While a new version of the ID.Life or ID.2 is in the early stages of development, Volkswagen has brought back the e-up compact electric car! for 26.7 thousand euros. After modernization in 2019, this compact five-door turned out to be so in demand in Europe that the queue for receiving cars stretched for 16 months.