Officially revealed last month, the new addition to the Volkswagen SUV range will make a public appearance at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show. We have to wait until 2022 for the I.D. Buzz (middle). The illuminated Volkswagen logo up front has been retained but is now flanked by body colored trim with a single LED strip running through it. The first will be the compact I.D. Both will go into production in 2020. The styling has been updated too, with cleaner new headlights but the quirky door layout has been retained - conventional front ones, with sliding rear ones and no B pillar.
"According to our forecasts, the annual sales of the I.D. models could tenfold to one million vehicles by 2025", said Herbert Diess, Volkswagen brand executive.
While VW makes no mention of curb weight, the company does forecast an impressive range per charge: 500 kilometers, or 311 miles. This means that Smart will become the first conventional auto brand to go purely electric.
A new CleanAir system has also been developed by Volkswagen for the concept.
The front suspension uses MacPherson struts, while the rear wheels are suspended on trailing arms, to provide space for the rear drive motor; dampers are electronically controlled in anticipation of far faster sensors that may react to road imperfections in real time.
Achieving that will require a huge number of batteries. This enables the I.D. This would be a huge undertaking, as the Volkswagen Group now has almost 300 models spread across its vast empire.
Volkswagen says the four-door high-riding coupe will ride on an all-electric 4MOTION all-wheel drive system that is equally at home in a city environment as it is on unpaved trails and will have similar handling properties as the Golf GTI.
€20bn will be spent on the process to deliver the vehicles by 2030, while the biggest chunk of the outlay will be on the batteries required to power them.
Image: Volkswagen to produce 80 models of electric and plug-in hybrids by 2030. Currently, 196,000 people work for Volkswagen across the globe.
"The Volkswagen Brand will be investing 6 billion euros in electric mobility over the next five years".