Volkswagen Says ID Hatchback Will Look Like the Concept - Which Looks Like the Future

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
volkswagen says id hatchback will look like the concept which looks like the future

While the electric revival of the Microbus is the star of Volkswagen’s ID sub-brand, we shouldn’t ignore the importance of the upcoming ID hatchback. On track to enter production next year, the Golf-sized hatchback boasts pretty impressive specs for an battery electric vehicle. It won’t be the fastest or most-exciting EV on the market, but VW claims it will be capable of 250 to 375 miles of electric range and offered at an attractive price.

It’s an EV for the masses and should serve as the tip of the spear for Volkswagen’s electric offensive, along with the Crozz crossover. However, the automaker says mass-market appeal doesn’t have to include mass-market styling. The production version of the ID Hatchback should look like the futuristic concept.

“The proportions, the design cues and the wheel size are the same as the concept. It looks like the show car,” VW’s design head, Klaus Bischoff, told Autocar. “We couldn’t do the camera-system rear-view mirrors for legal reasons, nor the electric door handles due to cost. But other than that, it’s pretty much the same.”

That’s a little difficult to believe, as the rear-drive electric’s wheels are absolutely massive and the suspension looks to have about 2 millimeters of travel.

While it’s impressive that Volkswagen wants to adhere to the concept’s styling, there is no way the consumer model will have the same ground clearance, wild interior (with fully collapsible steering wheel), or color-changing headlamps.

However, the point isn’t so much that the production vehicle will look identical to the concept. It’s that the new hatchback will sets the visual tone and prove that the ID fleet is entirely separate from Volkswagen’s main stable — which sounds like the opposite of what Mercedes-Benz is doing with its EQ cars.

“We had the unique chance to lead Volkswagen into a new age,” Bischoff explained. “Electric drive provides greater freedom for designers. We minimise the cooling holes; the axes move further apart and generate stunning proportions.”

So far as we know, the ID Hatchback will keep its projected range (though the EPA will rate it lower than the claimed maximum of 373 miles) and use a 163 horsepower motor capable of getting the car up to 60 mph in just under 8 seconds. Top speed will be electronically limited to 99 mph.

How many battery configurations Volkswagen plans to offer at launch is unknown. We know it’s supposed to have longer- and shorter-range configurations, but specs haven’t been announced. Production will take place at an existing factory, as the car uses existing unibody construction techniques and is comprised primarily of steel, aluminum, and magnesium — like any normal car.

[Images: Volkswagen Group]

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  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on May 24, 2018

    I guess the future is a Nissan Leaf. . .

  • Vehic1 Vehic1 on May 24, 2018

    truckducken: Most of the "famed VW unreliability" is due to the never-ending de-fame-ation from you fanboys of other makers. The various yearly reliability ratings show up-and-down movement every year - and even St. Toyota is not always at the very top, much less Chevy, Hyundai, or Subaru. To the confirmed crankosaurus, nothing VW does could ever, possibly be good enough. Well, VW sales are up; read it and weep.

  • Wjtinfwb Over the years I've owned 3, one LH (a Concorde) a Gen 1 300 and a Gen 2 300C "John Varvatos". The Concorde was a very nice car for the time with immense room inside and decent power from the DOHC 3.5L. But quality was awful, it spent more time in the shop than the driveway. It gave way to a Gen 1 300, OK but the V6 was underwhelming in this car compared to the Concorde but did it's job. The Gen 1's letdown was the awful interior with acres of plastic, leather that did it's best imitation of vinyl and a featureless dashboard that looked lifted from a cheaper car. My last one was a '14 300C John Varvatos with the Pentastar. Great car, sufficient power and exceptional highway mileage. The interior was much better than the original as well. It was felled by a defective instrument cluster that took over 90 days to fix and was ultimately lemon law' d back to FCA. I'd love one of the 392 powered final edition 300s but understand they're already sold out and if I had an extra 60k available, would likely choose a CPO BMW 540i for comparable money.
  • Dukeisduke Thanks Cary. Folks need to make sure they buy the correct antifreeze, since there are so many OEM-specific ones out there nowadays (Dex-Cool, Ford gold, Toyota red and pink, etc.).And sorry to hear about your family situation - my wife and I have been dealing with her 88-yo mom, moving her into independent senior living, selling her house, etc. It's a lot to deal with.
  • FreedMike Always lusted after that first-gen 300 - particularly the "Heritage Edition," which had special 300 badging and a translucent plastic steering wheel (ala the '50s and '60s "letter cars").
  • Dave M. Although the effective takeover by Daimler is pooped upon, this is one they got right. I wasn't a fan of the LHs, mostly due to reported mechanical, NVH and build quality issues, but I though Chrysler hit it out of the park with the LXs. The other hyped release that year was the Ford Five Hundred, which, while a well-built car with superior interior space, couldn't hold a candle to the 300.
  • Art Vandelay I always liked those last FWD 300's. Been ages since I've seen one on the road though. Lots of time in the RWD ones as rentals. No complaints whatsoever.