The electric Volkswagen I.D. concept has been revealed and detailed in full, just hours after an early leak exposed the vehicle’s design.
Powering the I.D. is a 125kW electric motor. On a fully charged battery, the I.D. has a claimed range of between 400 and 600 kilometres.
The I.D is the first car based on the company’s modular electric drive kit or MEB. Being the “first Volkswagen in a completely new fleet of highly innovative electric vehicles”, it will play an important role if the firm is to achieve its target of selling one million electric cars per year by 2025.
Stylistically, the I.D., with its more fluid design forms, represents a clear break from sharp edged and somewhat blocky shapes that dominate today’s Volkswagen range.
According to Volkswagen, the I.D. has a “newly developed design DNA” that it will share with other vehicles in the automaker’s upcoming EV range.
The I.D. tries to exploit that with its “Open Space” interior concept and glass roof, although the concept car offers seating for only four.
In addition to ushering in a new era of electric Volkswagens, the I.D. previews the company’s fully automated driving technology, dubbed I.D. Pilot.
Scheduled to be available from 2025, I.D Pilot retracts the steering wheel into the dashboard when the car is in self-driving mode.
Among its other tech features, the I.D. concept is also able to “receive parcels using a new delivery service, if its owner isn’t at home”.
A production version of I.D. will go on sale in 2020 “parallel” to the eighth-generation Golf.
The Volkswagen Group’s traditional pre-show reveal night will get under-way shortly. We’ll keep you posted on more details about the I.D. as they become available.