Previews a production car based on the Modular Electric Drive chassis.
Here’s a full look at the all-electric hatchback concept that Volkswagen is introducing at the Paris Motor Show. Expected to be roughly the size of the Golf, the concept previews the first production model to ride on Volkswagen’s new Modular Electric Drive (MEB) chassis.
The concept does indeed resemble a futuristic Golf hatchback, with aerodynamically sculpted lines, big showcar wheels, an enormous panoramic glass roof, and narrow LED light elements. Its tall greenhouse features enormous windows, while a prominent crease accentuates the bodysides. There are no traditional door mirrors, as they’ve been replaced by small cameras mounted on the fenders, presumably to reduce drag.
Volkswagen has released precious little information about the concept car but calls it an “iconic design study” that, the company boldly promises, could transform the car industry in the same way the original Beetle did. Look for more details and specifications on the concept later this week.
VW officials recently told reporters that a production version of this concept would offer an EV driving range of about 400 kilometers (248 miles) with even more range possible. They said the car could arrive by 2019, and that despite being the size of a Golf on the outside, it would offer as much interior room as a Passat. The MEB chassis used here was previously revealed on the Budd-e electric concept shown at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. The modern-day Microbus-like EV is said to be headed to production by 2020.