The VW ID.2all concept previews features and styling of an upcoming electric hatchback.
The production version of the EV hatch will be priced under the equivalent of $26,300, but it won’t be sold in America.
The front-drive concept has a single 223-hp electric motor and about 280 miles of estimated range based on the European WLTP cycle.
Volkswagen likes to think that it's going back to its roots—as "the people's car"—with this latest concept, called the ID.2all. This tiny hatchback portends a new electric model, almost surely called the ID.2, that's slated to go on sale in Europe in 2025 with a starting price of under €25,000 (or around $26,300 at current exchange rates). Since we don't even get the ID.3 in the U.S., we doubt it will come to our market, but we're digging its simplistic, nicely proportioned styling that's meant to hark back to the Mk1 Golf and hope that Volkswagen figures out a way to bring something like this to our shores.
The ID.2 will use an updated version of the MEB platform that underpins all the existing ID models. Unlike the rear-driven ID.3 and ID.4, it will have front-wheel drive, with the concept boasting a front-mounted electric motor producing 223 horsepower—a fair bit more than the base RWD ID.4's 201 hp. VW isn't sharing battery size but estimates a 280-mile range on the optimistic WLTP cycle. Of course, the actual €25,000 base model will surely have less power and less range than that, with VW likely to offer multiple battery sizes and output configurations.
At 159.4 inches long, it's almost 10 inches shorter than the current Mk8 Golf, but its wheelbase is just over one inch shorter than the Golf's. This makes for fantastic-looking hatchback proportions, with the GTI-style wheels pushed out to the corners and short overhangs that create a sporty stance.
Due to the more space-efficient packaging of an electric platform, VW promises that it's nearly as spacious inside as the Golf despite having a smaller footprint. The concept's interior has a sharp-looking interior, with a sporty steering wheel shape, a prominent center console, and dual screens serving as a digital gauge cluster and a large central infotainment screen. We can only hope that VW improves its subpar infotainment software by the time it launches this new model.
It makes sense that Europe will be the primary market for the ID.2, as buyers there are already immersed in small hatchbacks like this. Unfortunately, the subcompact segment has all but disappeared in the U.S., and we think VW would struggle to make a business case for such a car in America. But we really like the idea of an affordable EV that looks like this, and we think many other Americans would, too. We doubt we'll be able to change VW's mind, but at the very least we can hope that the ID.2all's great design previews the future of other VW EVs that will make their way to our shores.
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