Here’s our best look yet of VW’s all-new pure-electric I.D. Hatchback model.
Although Volkswagen won’t be revealing the production version of it’s all-new line of EVs branded with the I.D. moniker until September, it reportedly plans to open up the order books for it today, May 8, 2019.
Coincidentally or otherwise, this week Reddit user u/eff50 dropped some new camouflaged — albeit grainy — images of the I.D. Hatchback prototype. These were reportedly taken from the German automaker’s Dutch YouTube channel. But we haven’t been able to verify that.
No matter the originating source, they give us a great glimpse at the production design. And, I have to admit, while it’s definitely Volkswagen-y, it’s not as exciting as some of the concepts VW has been trotting out over the last several years. Take the I.D. BUGGY for example, or the I.D. ROOMZZ.
Compared with those, this one just looks like a big Golf. I’m not complaining about that. I own a Golf. It’s just not as enlivening to look at as I’d hoped. I’ll save my final judgements for the reveal this fall.
Regardless of its looks, the production car’s range and recharging specs should raise EV buyers’ spirits. That’s because VW has said in the past that the I.D. will be capable of a 550-kilometer range (on the European drive cycle). My back-of-the-envelope math pegs that around 300 miles on the EPA’s more stringent range estimations.
VW is also expected to offer other variants, with 205- and 280-mile ranges. Recharging options should be nearly as broad. Customers can choose either a 7.2- or 11-kilowatt charger. The latter of which, when plugged into a DC fast-charger could be capable of receiving a 125-kilowatt recharge.
In terms of pricing, late last year Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand, Marketing & After Sales chief said the I.D. would have “the price of a modern Golf Diesel.” So, let’s assume it’ll start below the $30,000 point — just not for the 300-mile version.
As of this writing, Volkswagen has not yet opened up the order banks for the I.D. If it does, we will be sure to update with any additional or new information.