Ahead of its full reveal next week, VW's new concept for an electric vehicle is showing us its rear sliding doors.
Although these are only sketches and not actual images of the concept itself, the attached illustrations are quite revealing. For starters, the EV hatch is going to have sliding rear doors like on a minivan, so getting inside on the back seats will be a breeze. The second thing we notice is the sloped windshield, with the glass extending all the way to the back to provide what we assume will be great visibility and the sense of a more airy interior since a lot of light will enter the cabin.
The biggest puzzle is represented by those four circles on the roof. The only thing we can think of right now is a radar and/or a camera in all four corners of the roof to support the car’s autonomous driving technologies. We are also able to notice the very short front and rear overhangs and the typical oversized wheels, which we’ve come to expect from concepts.
Although it will have just about the same size as a Golf, VW has already promised the interior is going to be about as spacious as the Passat's. We can catch a glimpse of the cabin featuring a minimalist design without any visible physical controls and with a very simple and clean dashboard.
The concept bound to show up in Paris next week will actually be a near-production prototype, according to VW's brand boss Herbert Diess. We also know the battery will provide enough juice for 248 to 372 miles (400 to 600 kilometers) as per the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The zero-emissions hatchback will serve as the first product from VAG to ride on the group’s brand new modular electrification kit (MEB) architecture set to underpin a plethora of models in the years to come.
The VW conglomerate wants to have as much as 30 EVs by 2025, so the hatchback being teased here is only the tip of the iceberg.