M with a Christmas card Volkswagen gave a preview of the small, fully electric ID.1 at the end of 2019. The model, internally VW ID. Called Entry, will first be launched as a study and then in 2023/2024 as a series model below ID.3.
VW ID.1 on new MEB platform
As early as 2018, VW had one on its Christmas greeting card Printed representation of the VW Buggy Concept. The study was then presented during the following year. The silhouette of the ID.1 can be seen on the new Christmas card with Nicholas at the wheel. It shows a steeply sloping rear end with a spoiler and a circumferential LED strip, the C-pillar seems strong, the B-pillar does not exist. The windshield is flat and is interrupted in the lower area of the A-pillar. Certainly a design tweak on the study, which also takes up the light strip design from the rear.
Technically, however, the VW ID.1 is not based on the modular electrical construction kit (MEB) from Volkswagen, which is used by almost all of the Use the brand including the model from Skoda and Seat. However, this platform, which is widespread in the group, cannot be scaled down and the wheelbase cannot be shortened any further. The smallest battery unit with 48 kWh is simply too big for a small car. Instead, batteries with a capacity of 24 and 36 kWh are used. They enable a maximum range of almost 200 kilometers, which is quite acceptable for vehicles in the small car segment with low mileage. A reduced equipment level is just as acceptable.
The ID. Entry
Originally the VW group commissioned Seat to build a smaller electric platform based on the MEBdevelop and provide for the brands Seat, VW and Skoda. The Spanish brand has got rid of the order. VW will presumably develop the heavily modified MEB platform itself and bring the E-base to a length of less than 4.0 meters. One expects a more effective use of synergies from the change. But the background is probably also that with the departure of Luca di Meo as Seat boss (to Renault), the Spanish market entry in China together with JAC has also been stopped. JAC is VW's third cooperation partner in China after SAIC and FAW and builds affordable electric cars itself. The know-how could have helped Seat in the development of the New Entry modular system.
With a length of around 3.8 to just under 4 meters, ID.1 and Co. could then use VW E-Up , Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo IV. In addition, the ID.1 is to be accompanied by a crossover as a Crozz version. The VW ID.1 is likely to be only marginally larger than the VW E-Up - just over 3.6 meters in length, 1.645 meters in width and 1.407 meters in height. That's why there is also an ID.2. The model and possibly also a Crozz version should then score points as a competitor to the Renault Zoe or Peugeot 208e. These models measure just over 4 meters in length.
The new small models are not manufactured in Emden, but in Eastern Europe - probably in Bratislava, Slovakia. Accordingly, the sales prices of 20,000 euros could then also be realized due to the lower wage and production costs.