New sense which will be at the base of the ID.2 was revealed, this Wednesday night, after having rejected the prototype that looked like crossover which Volkswagen brought to Munich in 2021 under the ID.Life brand. With a range of up to 450 kilometers, the upcoming ID.2 promises to be “as spacious as a Golf, as cheap as a Polo“. The table still has the ability to display the name ID.Golf.
During Volkswagen’s annual press conference on Tuesday, the brand’s CEO, Thomas Schäfer, confirmed the name of sense: ID.2all, a pun on the expression “for all”, a kind of back to basics (after all, Volkswagen means “people’s car”) creating a model aimed at reaching the mass market.
However, in the past, Schäfer had already exalted, in an interview with auto expressthe fact that “the Golf name has enormous value”, implying that he has no intention of erasing the name from the badge portfolio.
During the release of the 2022 balance sheet, Volkswagen said that the production version of the ID.2all will be one of the next ten trams to be released by 2026, this Wednesday confirming the note of intent. New sense described as “a hands-on preview of the first electric VW for everyone”, with an emphasis on affordability. The ID.2all is the concept of a compact tram for less than 25 thousand euros, revealing the new design language of Volkswagen, in addition to bringing equipment present in the categories premiumsuch as Travel Assist, the IQ.Light system or the Electric Vehicle Route Planner.
Built on the MEB Entry platform, which is based on the one that supports the well-known ID.3 and ID.4, but adapted for smaller cars (apart from VW’s upcoming electric car, it will form the basis for models in the same segment as the Cupra or from Skoda), the idea is that ID.2 (or ID.Golf) bridges the gap between the utility ID.1 and ID.3.
What also quickly became public is that VW changed the square shapes of the ID.Life for a look closer to a conventional one. hatchback, coming from the design lines of Andreas Mindt, who before VW passed through the offices of Audi and Bentley. The future ID.2 will be assembled at Martorell, which suggests that it will technically be very similar to the Cupra UrbanRebel, also produced at the Catalan plant.
The dimensions are within the compact segment, with a length of 4050 mm, but habitability will be discreet (the wheelbase is 2600 mm), thanks to the platform designed for trams, which allows the creation of a flat floor and bonnet shorter. In other words, despite being smaller than the Golf, the ID.2 will be able to offer five seats and a similar amount of space, with the volume of the boot progressing at tonight’s reveal: between 490 and 1330 litres.
In terms of engines, the concept of the offering, for now, boils down to a 166 kW (222 hp) engine providing drive to the front wheels. However, it is not excluded, according to busthe case of a GTI version, which recovers the legend surrounding the Golf version launched in 1976.
The unveiling of the ID.2all comes a day after VW reported financial results for the 2022 financial year, reporting “operating profit before extraordinary effects of 2.6 billion euros,” which it says was achieved “thanks to effective sales management and tight optimization costs,” even though the company suffered from supply constraints and consequent lower delivery volumes, especially in the second half of the year.
The future, he added, includes “further accelerating the transition to electric mobility.” All so that by 2030, eight out of ten cars sold in Europe will be 100% electric.
The target set will have as allies ten new BEV models by 2026, four of which are coming soon: the second generation ID.3, the sporty ID.3 GTX, the ID. Seven-seater Buzz and the Passat-inspired ID.7. “Customers can expect a full range of Volkswagens“said Thomas Schäfer.
Its implementation will go through a five-year investment plan of 180 billion euros, with the aim of developing software and convert the trademark to a central spot of electricity, with the creation of six battery factories in Europe. At the same time, the brand says, “the transformation in production at Volkswagen is proceeding at an accelerated pace,” with the transformation of factories to produce trams. The ID.7 and ID.4 are produced in Emden, Germany, and from next autumn the new generation ID.3 will be produced on the assembly line in Wolfsburg.
The company will invest around 460 million euros in the conversion of its main factory by the beginning of 2025. The factories in Zwickau and Dresden have meanwhile been completely converted, and production of the ID.4 already started last year in Chattanooga, USA.