The Volkswagen ID Three may get a convertible by-product. The corporate has hinted at a plan to broaden its electrical ID Three vary with the brand new variant, and is gauging assist for the brand new mannequin with a social media marketing campaign.
- ID Three may grow to be the model’s first all-electric convertible EV
- Carmaker enterprise social media marketing campaign to gauge curiosity
- May arrive with the facelifted ID Three which is due in 2023
Posting on LinkedIn, Volkswagen CEO, Ralf Brandstätter, advised that an open-roof model of the model’s electrical hatchback “may present a completely new, extraordinary feeling of freedom”. He added that the idea is “a really tempting thought”, and that Volkswagen is contemplating the way it may very well be taken to manufacturing.
VW Group CEO Herbert Diess took to Twitter to introduce the idea, asking followers: “We‘re fascinated by an e-convertible, perhaps an ID Three convertible. What do you assume?”
Volkswagen ID Three convertible sketches
Volkswagen has revealed an early sketch of the ID Three convertible, one among a number of that the design workforce has created “simply in case” a manufacturing model will get the inexperienced gentle. Just like the convertible model of the T-Roc crossover, the ID Three would lose its rear doorways within the identify of improved structural rigidity, and put on a subtly tweaked rear finish design to mark it out extra clearly from the present hard-top automotive.
Volkswagen ID Buggy manufacturing plans dropped
It’s not the primary time Volkswagen has hinted on the potential for an all-electric convertible mannequin. The Meyers Manx-inspired, MEB-based ID Buggy was revealed to widespread acclaim on the 2019 Geneva motor present, and had been tipped for small-scale manufacturing, however was faraway from Volkswagen’s product plans when manufacturing companion e.Go Cell filed for chapter later that 12 months, probably leaving a niche within the line-up for an additional ’emotional’ mannequin.
“The convertible is the final word expression of emotional mobility,” Stackmann advised our sister publication, Autocar UK, echoing his earlier 2016 vow that Volkswagen “will not grow to be a chilly and technical model” even because it embarks on a wide-reaching electrification programme.
Volkswagen ID Three convertible may arrive in 2023
The T-Roc Cabriolet is now Volkswagen’s solely open-roof mannequin in worldwide markets, following the 2016 axing of the Golf Cabriolet, and the Beetle Cabriolet being dropped in 2019. Stackmann admitted that “from a rational facet, you’ll by no means go into the convertible market”, however the flexibility of the ID 3’s MEB structure means growth and manufacturing prices could be considerably decrease than with a equally conceived combustion mannequin, growing the probability that such a mannequin may see manufacturing.
If Volkswagen goes forward with the drop-top ID 3, it can possible arrive as a part of the hatchback’s mid-life facelift, which might arrive round 2023.
Volkswagen’s plans for India
Specializing in India, 2021 is a vital 12 months for Volkswagen, with the carmaker set to launch new mass-market fashions beneath their India 2.zero plan. Volkswagen is ready to launch a midsize sedan and midsize SUV – VW Taigun – underpinned by the corporate’s India-specific MQB A0 IN platform. The midsize SUV will go up in opposition to the favored Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, whereas the brand new midsize sedan – which replaces the VW Vento – will goal the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna. VW’s midsize sedan and SUV might be joined by sister fashions from Skoda.
Volkswagen can be anticipated to re-launch the standard Tiguan in India this 12 months. The carmaker revealed the facelifted SUV in international markets final 12 months and the identical is anticipated to reach in India. As with the bigger Allspace, the usual Tiguan too might be a petrol-only mannequin. The corporate can be anticipated to launch the all-electric ID 4 in India in 2022.