Volkswagen ID 2 EV To Make Its Global Debut On March 15
On March 15, VW is anticipated to unveil its ID 2 urban electric vehicle at a press conference where the company will also discuss its new design philosophy and future goals. The event’s hashtag on social media (#VWforthepeople) signals Volkswagen is finally prepared to reveal the revamped mass-market hatchback. The long-awaited EV has undergone a thorough interior and exterior overhaul.
According to sources, the Volkswagen ID 2 EV will be the first VW built on the MEB-Plus platform. This platform is an updated version of the currently popular MEB electric car structure and includes, among other innovations, new LFP (lithium iron phosphate) prismatic battery cells and charging speeds of up to 200kW.
The Volkswagen ID 2 EV will initially only be available as a front-wheel-drive, single-motor vehicle. Nonetheless, VW insiders assert that dual-motor, four-wheel-drive versions will be supported by the MEB-Plus platform and that such a configuration cannot be ruled out in the future.
According to electric car norms, it would weigh between 1,600kg and 1,700kg, according to a source cited by Autocar UK. Thomas Schafer, the CEO of VW, has also approved the restoration of the GTI emblem, which is a further major development. The first completely electric Volkswagen Golf GTI is anticipated to replace the GTX model moniker, which was initially used on the Volkswagen ID 4 in 2020.
The revived ID 2 has a new hatchback body style in addition to a fresh interior that seats up to five people and is said to be comparable in size to the current Golf, which is built on the MQB platform.
The MIB infotainment system is the focus of additional modifications. These include a rotary controller that will be housed inside a significantly updated center console and will first be seen on the third-generation VW Tiguan, which is scheduled to be shown later this year.
The Volkswagen-first rotary controller is meant to complement the touchscreen controls installed in existing VW models. It’s intended to take the place of the slider mechanism, which was initially used on the ID 3 in 2020.
Under Schäfer, the VW brand and its ID electric car strategy underwent a “complete reset,” which included the radical revisions made to the ID 2.
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