VW ID.2 to launch as VW Golf after redesign
Volkswagen apparently wants to market the VW ID.2 electric car under the name of a true classic in the future. According to a report, the automaker plans to release the compact car as the VW Golf in the future after a complete redesign. The GTI variant is also expected to return.
VW ID.2 becomes VW Golf?
As early as August 2022, the VW Group confirmed, at least indirectly, that there would be no new model generation of the legendary Golf. Now it also seems clear why. Because according to a report from Autocar.co.uk, the VW ID.2 electric car is to be completely revised.
According to the insider information on which the report is based, the automaker’s smallest and most affordable electric passenger car to date will be marketed as the VW Golf in the future. A concept vehicle is to be presented as early as March 2023, before the ID.2/Golf is then to go on sale in 2025.
An entry price of 22,500 euros is envisaged. In the process, the new VW Golf is also to be the company’s first e-car to be based on the MEB Plus platform, which is to allow charging speeds of up to 200 kW thanks to new battery cells.
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Crossover becomes hatchback
Furthermore, the report says that for the VW ID.2, they have deviated from the original crossover design of the VW ID Life Concept and will now release it with a conventional hatchback shape. According to the report, VW’s new design chief Andreas Mindt is responsible for the Golf’s design.
According to information, the reason for the redesign was the poor feedback for the original crossover design, which is why the decision was made for a complete redesign.
Furthermore, Autocar assumes that the VW ID.2 could feature a similar design as the similar sibling model from Cupra, the Urban Rebel. The VW Golf is also expected to be produced at Seat’s factory near Barcelona, and Skoda is also planning a similarly styled compact electric car to be released at a later date.
Externally, the new VW Golf is to be located between the Polo and previous Golf in terms of dimensions and “approximately 4250 mm” long. There is talk of a weight of between 1,600 kg and 1,700 kg, as well as that VW could continue the designation GTI, which replaces the GTX model that took its place in the ID.4. The “GTX is dead,” a source is said to have told the car magazine.
In addition to the exterior changes, the interior of the VW ID.2 is also said to have been revised. Offered now according to five seats, a new infotainment system and a new rotary control in the center console.
It should be noted, however, that this information is only speculative and there is no confirmation from Volkswagen yet. If the information is correct, we should see the first concept car with additional details as early as next month.
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