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Volkswagen ID 3-based small electrical SUV within the works | Autocar India

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The VW ID 3-based SUV will sit on the identical MEB platform, however it should have distinctive styling.

Volkswagen has begun work on an all-new electrical SUV primarily based on the favored ID Three hatchback that’s on sale abroad. This new SUV, in keeping with the carmaker, can be aimed toward capitalising on the nonetheless fast-growing small SUV market globally.

  • Volkswagen ID 3-based SUV could have distinctive styling
  • Entry-level EV may very well be referred to as the VW ID1
  • MEB platform can be changed by SSP in future

VW ID 3-based EV SUV: design and platform

CEO Thomas Schafer has confirmed to our sister publication Autocar UK that VW is “working onerous to develop a further compact SUV primarily based on the ID Three in order that we will launch a Volkswagen product on this fast-growing car section”. This new SUV would look dramatically totally different to the ID Three when it arrives earlier than 2026, fairly than being a Russian-doll strategy to styling.

The Volkswagen ID 4 is at the moment the German model’s smallest electrical SUV, sharing the MEB platform with the ID 3, however its footprint is considerably larger than its hatchback counterpart.

Two extra entry-level VW EVs deliberate

Volkswagen will even introduce two variations of its extremely anticipated entry-level EV, described as “a small automobile and a sporty crossover variant” by Schafer. They are going to be in an identical, albeit electrical, vein to the combustion-engined current-gen Volkswagen Polo prone to be referred to as the VW ID 1 – and Volkswagen T-Cross SUV, which is offered abroad.

These are amongst 10 new EVs, together with facelifts of present fashions, to be launched by 2026, by which, Schafer claims, VW could have the broadest electrical portfolio within the automotive business. With these two new EVs and the upcoming ID 7 Aero EV sedan, the German marque plans to have a product in virtually each section, globally.

In the meantime, the MEB platform will bow out later this decade and can be changed by a brand new structure referred to as SSP (scalable programs platform), on which all volume-selling Volkswagen Group fashions can be primarily based.

VW EV plans for India

Volkswagen has begun testing the ID Four EV SUV within the Indian market and is anticipated to announce pricing for a similar someday subsequent 12 months.

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