The world premiere of the Volkswagen ID.2all concept happened on March 15, 2023. Priced at €25,000 ($26,800), the hatchback will be made available to European Volkswagen dealers in 2025. The low price point makes it one of the most affordable electric vehicles on the market and will help Volkswagen to rival the long-awaited Tesla Model 2.
One of the features that can be gleaned from the ID.2all world premiere is the automaker’s new body design language. However, being affordable doesn’t mean that drivers have to make a lot of compromises. The ID.2all still packs a punch in terms of features and performance.
“We are transforming the company rapidly and fundamentally—with the clear objective of making Volkswagen a genuine Love Brand,” said Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. “The ID.2all shows where we want to take the brand. We want to be close to the customer and offer top technology in combination with a fantastic design.”
The ID.2all was built on the revolutionary modular electric drive (MEB) platform. The front-wheel drive EV will have innovative technological features like Electric Vehicle Route Planner, IQ. LIGHT, and Travel Assist. Other two-wheel drives built on the same platform have all been rear-wheel drives.
“The ID.2all will be the first MEB vehicle with front-wheel drive,” said Kai Grünitz, Member of the Brand Board of Management responsible for Technical Development. “We are exploiting the great flexibility offered by our MEB platform and will set new standards in terms of technology and everyday usability with the MEB Entry platform.”
Physical features of the new VW ID.2all
Volkswagen shifted the attention to design with the ID.2all. Arguably the most emphatic design language was the rekindling of the C-pillar design that came to the limelight with the first Golf which the automaker compared to an archer’s bow under tension. The car shares several similarities with Golf too. The concept car also has a friendly face and sits powerfully on the wheels.
“The ID.2all gives a preview of the new design language of Volkswagen, which is based on three pillars; enthusiasm, likeability, and stability,” said Andreas Mindt, Head of Design at Volkswagen Passenger Cars.
The interior is spacious without too much complex features. There is the central 12.9-inch display tablet located on the dashboard, just above the center console for navigation and infotainment.
There is another 10.9-inch instrument cluster display just behind the steering wheel. It is unlikely that the instrument display will be a touchscreen like the main display. The ID.2all replaces the stick in Golf with a rotating gear selector knob.
Hitherto, industry analysts have criticized Volkswagen for having a cheap interior but the ID.2all already feels like an exception. The interior, although simple, has a touch of elegance, from the racer seats to the grainy finish on the dashboard.
Volkswagen’s ID.2all concept also has a generous storage volume of 490 liters which can swell to 1,330 liters when the rear seats are folded. This clearly trumps what some higher-trim vehicles offer. The German automaker plans to launch ten new EV models by 2026 and ID.2all is just one of them.
Before the end of 2023, Volkswagen plans to showcase three more EV models namely the ID.7, the ID. Buzz with a long wheelbase, and the ID.3. The automaker also has plans to unveil a compact electric SUV by 2026. The biggest reveal that should really excite potential EV drivers is Volkswagen’s plan to create an EV that will be priced below €25,000 ($26,800).
If Volkswagen succeeds in pulling that off, it will give the brand the widest range of EV options that cater to more classes of drivers compared to its competitors. With this strategy, the brand hopes to achieve an 80% EV share in Europe.
“We are transferring the typical Volkswagen virtues to the new world of mobility namely top quality and workmanship, outstanding software, and digital services with genuine added value,” said Imelda Labbé, Member of the Brand Board of Management responsible for Sales, Marketing, and Aftersales. “The focus here is always on the needs and requirements of our customers.”
Technical features of Volkswagen’s ID.2all concept
From a technical angle, the ID.2all is also a high performer compared to the price. It makes use of a solitary 223 hp electric motor that is capable of going from 0 to 62 mph in about 7 seconds. This is probably just half a second slower than the new Golf GTI. However, while the GTI can reach a whopping 155 mph top speed, the ID.2all maxes out at 100 mph.
The VW ID.2all is expected to have a range of 277 miles (WLTP) on a single charge. At roughly 160 inches long, the VW ID.2all is slightly shorter than the Polo. However, its 102.4-inch wheelbase is closer to that of the Golf. The car will drive on 20-inch wheels and will be 71.3 inches wide and about 60.2 inches high.
Other interesting features that should improve aerodynamics include a tampering roofline that gives the vehicle a sporty short rear window as well as a narrow cutout on the bumper. These features should enhance better airflow around the car.
The premiere did not disclose the size of the battery. However, Volkswagen said that the battery can charge from 10% to 80% in 20 minutes using a fast charger. The car will also come with an 11 kW onboard charger. However, it is unclear if the car will accept a 170 kW charger which was included in the upgraded ID.Buzz and ID.3.
Just like the ID.3, it is highly likely that the new ID.2all or the other three EVs lineup for this year will make it to the U.S. market. However, that may change as Volkswagen continues its push into the North American market, starting with the construction of a gigafactory battery plant in Canada.
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