Last year Volkswagen teased us about its electrified future with the awesome ID. Buggy concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. At the time, the automaker even told us that it wanted to see the electric vehicle on sale, even though “there is no segment per se. in this area, so it will certainly be a niche vehicle ”. The plans would have changed but there is still light at the end of the tunnel.
According to a new report from Automotive magazine, Volkswagen has abandoned its original strategy for the ID. Small cart. The company intended to launch a low-volume production version of the EV with the help of Aachen-based e.Go Mobile. However, the company recently filed for bankruptcy, leaving Volkswagen alone in the project.
Fortunately, this does not terminate the ID. Buggy life, at least according to the report. Our British colleagues say it will be reinvented into a more mainstream product with a relatively affordable entry price. Tentatively called the Ruggedzz, it will retain some of the main features of the concept, including the big all-terrain tires, high ground clearance and funky design.
“The era of electric cars will force SUVs to change. We’ve always wondered what the next big thing is after the SUV: it’s the fully electric SUV, ”said Jurgen Stackmann, VW board member.
We won’t see it until 2023 at the earliest and the report says it will be a capable all-terrain machine. If you stretch your imagination enough, you can see it as a more affordable and unconventional rival to the Land Rover Defender. Obviously, it will be much smaller and more lifestyle oriented, but in its very basic concept the idea is similar.
Automotive magazine describes the upcoming production electric vehicle as “inexpensive to build, easy to clean, flexible and affordable to use.” A concept that gives a preview of the production model could debut next year.