Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter confirmed this Thursday (17) that the automaker is developing a new basic compact electric car, which will have the mission to replace the VW Up and all its derivatives, being the smaller and cheaper version of the ID line. He spoke about the news during a videoconference with journalists.
“We are working on these concepts. Of course, we have to take into account that the lower segments in the future will require EVs and we are preparing concepts. We will discuss this shortly. Cars in smaller segments are important and very interesting for us”, revealed the executive.
For now, there is not much information about the future replacement of the Up, but it is expected that the new electric-powered model of the German brand will be even more compact than the recently launched ID.3 using a reduced and simplified version of the platform MEB, and have a range of at least 300 km.
The new electric from VW has not yet had its name defined. It is speculated that it will be called ID.1 and will reach the brand’s dealerships around 2025, with the concept presented to the public in 2023, but these deadlines can be brought forward. Regarding the price, Brandstätter commented, a few months ago, that the brand wants to charge less than €20,000.
Bigger and more powerful models are also in the plans
In addition to a replacement for the Up, Volkswagen’s new line of electric cars should also feature larger and more powerful models, some of them with more sporting appeal, according to the InsideEVs.
Among them is a model inspired by the VW ID.R electric race car, which should be the first to arrive. Next would come a rival to the Tesla Roadster, the ID.5 sedan, the ID.6 crossover and an electric van. Some of these new features should be released from 2023.