Volkswagen has yet to unveil the production version of the I.D. electric hatchback, but according to VW’s design boss, Klaus Bischoff, the production version won’t veer to far from the concept. The I.D. hatchback will be the first production model from the electric I.D. family that also includes a new crossover and a Microbus-inspired people mover.
“The proportions, the design cues and the wheel size are the same as the concept,” Bischoff revealed to Autocar. “It looks like the show car. We couldn’t do the camera-system rear-view mirrors for legal reasons, nor the electric door handles due to cost. But other than that, it’s pretty much the same.”
The first pre-production versions of the I.D. hatchback hit the road last month – giving engineers only 16 months to perfect the new EV. Production of the electric hatchback is scheduled to begin in November 2019 with sales kicking off at the beginning of 2020.
The I.D. electric hatchback will be powered by a rear mounted electric motor with a 373 mile range on the NEDC cycle. Before you get too excited the New European Driving Cycle is a lot more generous than the EPA rating here in the U.S.