Volkswagen will introduce a small electric SUV under the mid-size ID.4, which could potentially be called the ID.3 X.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars CEO and Volkswagen AG board member Thomas Schaefer said the brand is “considering the possibility of a compact SUV based on the ID.3” on its LinkedIn.
While Volkswagen will introduce a new electric vehicle architecture later this decade, its existing MEB underpinnings – used in the ID.3 and ID.4among others – will receive further updates in terms of range, performance and features.
Name ID.3 X was not blocked, but Coach reports that Volkswagen is looking to simplify its naming structure as its EV lineup continues to expand.
The X suffix could be used for all SUV models going forward, while Volkswagen is also weighing how to balance its existing, well-known internal combustion engine names with new identifying names.
“The name Golf is very important. But at the same time, the ID brand gained enormous momentum. It receives recognition in [customer] clinics, people absolutely understand what we’re talking about,” Mr. Schaefer said.
“Therefore, changing the name to a completely different one does not make sense.
“We are now really working out the next ten years as we see the names developing. It’s happening right now, this process of what we’re doing with the name – Golf, Polo or whatever – what we’re doing to transform the key names in a different way.”
An analogue of the upcoming small crossover hatchback ID.3, which debuted in 2019, will also receive an update in 2023, earlier than planned. This is the version confirmed arrival in Australia.
“We have listened very carefully to the ID.3 community and are proposing a revamp of our first MEB [platform] model until 2023,” he said.
“The new Volkswagen ID 3 takes a significant and noticeable leap forward in terms of quality, materials and system stability.”
The note about system stability appears to be a hint at the well-publicized software issues plaguing ID.3. Indeed, Volkswagen’s Cariad software division continues to struggle and is responsible for delays in future products such as Porsche Macan EV.
The ID.3 may also get push-button controls on the steering wheel, Volkswagen announced this week ditching the controversial touch capacitive controls.
The decision was made by the board’s newly formed customer orientation committee.
Still planned to be inserted under ID.3 and ID.3 X a couple of affordable electric cars expected to open around £20,000 (AUD$35,847). They are being developed by Seat and Cupra.
They will serve as electrical analogues Polo and T-crossand these will be two of the 10 electric cars the brand plans to launch by 2026, although that number includes restyling of existing cars such as the ID.3.
While new electric car models are expanding across Volkswagen’s lineup, the brand’s CEO says the company is “breaking old habits” and focusing on core models in the future.
This includes a “significant simplification of our model line-up and packages over the next ten years”, suggesting that some combustion engine models may bite the dust.