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[YesAuto News] On March 13th, at the Volkswagen’s annual media conference, the company’s boss Herbert Diess said that Volkswagen will trial-produce the IDhatchback mass production car next month and require engineers to complete the car development within 17 months.

This rear-wheel drive five-door pure electric hatchback is scheduled to be officially put into production in November 2019 and will be sold in the UK in early 2020. The new car is equipped with a 168-horsepower electric motor. According to different driving conditions, the cruising range is 249-373 miles (about 400-600 kilometers), far exceeding e-Golf's 186 miles (about 300 kilometers). Diss said the car will also have a price “comparable to diesel models.”

The luminous logo makes it easy to recognize its Volkswagen identity, but the shape of this new car is very different from the existing Volkswagen brand models. The key elements include: almost unmodified front face, ultra-short front overhang, extremely Steep hood, steep front windshield, 20-inch tires, conspicuous door trim, carriage-style rear door, extended roofline, conspicuous original spoiler and glass tailgate. By abandoning the traditional air intake grille, installing flush glass on the side windows and extending the roof contour line beyond the top of the tailgate, Volkswagen designers tried to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the ID.

In terms of space, the Volkswagen ID frees up space at the front by encapsulating the electric motor at the rear. Although the ID concept car only provides four seats, the production version will adopt a more traditional layout and can accommodate up to five seat spaces. Volkswagen has not announced the standard luggage capacity, but when the rear seats are folded, approximately 980 liters of luggage space can be provided. Although an electric motor is installed at the rear, Volkswagen said there is enough space for ID to provide a multi-link rear suspension similar to e-Golf, which is also the key to giving the new car a 48:52 front and rear weight distribution.

In terms of power, the Volkswagen ID is equipped with a 125kW electric motor. Although the curb quality has not been announced, computer simulations show that the production version of the Volkswagen ID will have an acceleration time of 100 kilometers in less than 8 seconds and a top speed of 160 km/h. In terms of the size of the new car, its length, width and height are 4100/1800/1530mm respectively. At present, Volkswagen has not released specific information about the battery, but it describes the battery used by ID as “expandable”, and reminds that each electric model to be launched has a different battery capacity, which is different from the way that today's internal combustion engine models provide different power outputs. Roughly the same.

Although Volkswagen claims that its battery can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes, it seems that Volkswagen is considering adopting an 800V system similar to its brother Porsche to further reduce the charging time.

In addition, the Volkswagen ID concept car is the first compact car developed by Volkswagen based on the Electric Vehicle Modular Platform (MEB). As a concept car, the ID concept car also provides a fully automated driving function that Volkswagen is developing and will be launched in 2025. One of the more attractive is the multifunctional steering wheel: After switching to the automatic driving mode, the steering wheel can be stored in the dashboard.

Correspondingly, Volkswagen ID will also introduce interactive LED headlights whose lighting characteristics and overall visual characteristics can be changed according to the driving mode. When parking, the headlight graphic design can provide the impression of closed eyes; when activated, the headlights flicker and the graphics are changed to convey the action of opening the eyes. At the same time, the front and rear of the Volkswagen logo are lit in white, and The front bumper, side door sills, and the lower part of the rear diffuser are lit in blue; while driving, the LED daytime running lights will automatically turn on, and the Volkswagen logo will still be lit in white. In the autopilot mode, the laser scanner is switched on from the car. The top and front bumpers are unfolded, and the side door sills and rear diffuser light up again in blue; during charging, the LED unit simulates the flow of energy to the battery.

According to the electric vehicle development roadmap released by the Volkswagen Group last fall, by 2025, Volkswagen's annual production of electric vehicles will reach 3 million, and 80 new electric models will be available. Among them, 9 new electric vehicles will be launched in 2018, including 3 pure electric vehicles. At this annual media conference, the Volkswagen Group also stated that beginning in 2019, the Volkswagen Group will launch a new electric model every month. (Information source: autocar; Compilation/Car home chapter Lianyi)