The Volkswagen Italdesign Go! concept is the second vehicle from the German/Italian collaboration that will debut alongside the Tex concept at the Geneva Motor Show later today.
Famous Italian automotive designer Giorgetti Giugiaro explained the Go! concept was the result of a research study into the Volkswagen city vehicles of the future.
“Go! is an MPV that continues that subject owing to its improved ergonomics and passenger room while keeping the smaller exterior size that has distinguished a large part of my career,” Mr Giugiaro said.
“It is a vehicle that is no more than four metres long, is eco-friendly, and is able to guarantee the utmost in terms of ergonomics and luxury, with an abundant loading volume.”
Like the small two-door Tex coupe, the Go! shares Volkswagen Group’s versatile all-new MQB platform, although the Go!’s 2700mm wheelbase is the same as the new Passat mid-sized sedan.
The Go! is equipped with Volkswagen’s all-electric Blue-e-motion system, giving it a driving range of around 240km.
The exterior design is dominated by glass, with a full glass roof and deep side windows for enhanced visibility.
The Go! does away with traditional bulky side mirrors, and instead uses two cameras mounted on the floating panels in the glass to capture the surrounds and display them high on the dashboard.
The rear doors are electrically operated sliding units and are hinged at the bottom, which means there are no ugly tracks on the rear panels of the car’s profile.
Like the Tex, the Go! features a rear windscreen-embedded ‘spoiler’, which incorporates the windscreen wiper and a reversing camera. The taillights are similarly disguised until in use.
For loading ease, the tailgate operates electrically with a sensor underneath the bumper activated by the owner’s foot.
Inside, Italdesign says “every single detail [of the Go!] has been designed from an ergonomic point of view”.
The four individual electrically adjustable seats are identical, and the rear seats fold to form a single surface on the floor to expand load volume to 525 litres.
The dashboard contains a touchscreen monitor with all the standard infotainment systems (satellite navigation, audio, reversing camera) and all the driving data (speed, revs, fuel consumption) is placed at the base of the windscreen to be closer to the driver’s line of sight.
The Volkswagen Italdesign Giugiaro Go! concept will share the stand with the Tex concept when the two are unveiled at Geneva this evening.