Volkswagen to launch new ID family model

Volkswagen to launch new ID family model

Volkswagen will launch an ID. family model for the small car segment. The company's ID. LIFE concept car was presented in Munich at the International Motor Show IAA MOBILITY 2021, and gives an impression of how the vehicle might look.

The small electric car, primarily designed for urban driving, is centred around people and communal experiences. The concept car combines sustainability, digitalisation and flexibility, with the ID. LIFE able to become a mini cinema or a gaming centre, for instance, or simply be used for relaxing outside.

Based on a smaller variant of Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB), the ID. LIFE has been developed specifically for the small car segment. It is the first time a vehicle based on the MEB has front-wheel drive.

“The ID. LIFE proves once again how uniquely flexible the MEB is. The platform is suitable for vehicles of all types, from small cars to vans,” said Thomas Ulbrich, member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management for Development.

“It’s the most scalable electrical architecture in the industry. We’re just beginning to tap into the potential of MEB. Performance, charging capacity and range will continue to improve with each new model and software update.”

The sustainable character of the ID. LIFE is reflected in the choice of materials and paint finishes. Its clear coat for the bodywork uses wood chips as a natural colouring agent, along with a bio-based hardener. The air chamber textile for the roof and front cover is made from 100% recycled PET bottles. Inside, wood in the dashboard and rear seat surrounds are combined with ArtVelours Eco for the seat surfaces and door trims. Bio-oil, natural rubber and rice husks are also some of the materials that serve as a basis for the tyres on the ID. LIFE.

“The ID. LIFE is our vision of next-generation fully electric urban mobility. The concept car provides a preview of an ID. model in the small car segment that we will be launching in 2025, priced at around 20,000 euros. This means we are making electric mobility accessible to even more people”, says Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand.

“In creating the ID. LIFE, we have consistently focused on the needs of younger customers. We believe that, even more so than today, the car of the future will be about lifestyle and personal expression. The customer of tomorrow won’t simply want to get from A to B; they will be much more interested in the experiences that a car can offer. The ID. LIFE is our answer to this.”

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:7th Sep 2021

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