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Polo-sized ID 1 can be Volkswagen’s entry-level EV | Autocar India

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New Polo-sized EV can be based mostly on the MEB Entry platform and is predicted to get the ID Life idea’s 231hp front-mounted motor and 57kWh battery.

After introducing mid-level and high-end EVs in a number of markets, Volkswagen has set its sight on entry-level EVs aimed toward European and rising markets. Whereas the model will introduce the ID Four sedan as a slick technological showpiece aimed toward stealing gross sales from the most well-liked electrical vehicles in the marketplace, on the opposite aspect of the spectrum, an entry-level EV, aimed toward rising and concrete markets, can be within the works.

  • Entry stage VW EV could possibly be known as ID 1
  • Will likely be based mostly on MEB platform
  • Will likely be as large because the VW Polo

Volkswagen entry-level EV: what do we all know to date?

On the final 12 months’s Munich Motor present, VW gave a touch of what to anticipate from its most reasonably priced EV with the quirky ID Life idea, however a brand new preview picture suggests the design staff have gone again to the drafting board to provide the manufacturing model a stronger visible hyperlink to the Volkswagen ID 4. Earlier this 12 months, it was reported that Volkswagen designers had been looking for to provide the manufacturing model of the ID.Life a extra futuristic look and emphasise its digital performance, with the goal of attracting youthful consumers.

The ensuing sketch exhibits a sleeker, extra muscular silhouette with an angular entrance finish and attribute ID cues, such because the horizontal entrance mild bar, which cement its place within the increasing ID household. In contrast to the ID Four sedan, the brand new Polo-sized EV – which is predicted to take the ID.1 identify into manufacturing – will use a shortened model of the ID 3’s platform, known as MEB Entry and lowered in size by round 100mm.

It’s also anticipated to be supplied with the identical 231hp front-mounted motor and a 57kWh battery because the idea, to provide a variety of practically 400km and a 0-100kph time of lower than seven seconds. General, it is going to supply substantial efficiency, effectivity and performance enhancements over the Volkswagen e-Up, for which it is going to primarily function a alternative.

Will probably be constructed from 2025 in Spain – alongside technically similar sibling fashions from Cupra and Skoda – the place the Volkswagen Group has dedicated £8.5 billion (approx. Rs 82,858 crore) to the electrification of its operations, together with the development of a devoted battery manufacturing facility.

Volkswagen’s EV plans for the Indian market

The model has confirmed an India introduction of the ID Four within the close to future. This EV was proven in idea type because the ID.Crozz on the Auto Expo 2020.

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