During the recent Munich motor show, Volkswagen introduced ID LIFE small electric car that focused on a smaller and more affordable version of its Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform, called the MEB-Small. This MEB-Small platform has been specifically created for the small car segment. Volkswagen will build its ID electric cars, starting in 2025, on the same MEB-Small platform, which features a 2,650mm wheelbase.
This is the first model that will be built on the MEB-Small platform, which may also be used for the Seat car company and performance brand Cupra. The ID LIFE concept shown at the event will probably be called the ID 1. The MEB-small platform differs from its conventional MEB family by having a front-drive configuration, instead of being available in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. These features also improve the affordability of models featuring this platform.
Volkswagen has indicated that the ID LIFE concept will come with a 62kWh battery, but the platform should allow for a smaller capacity if affordability is a major concern. Typically, the MEB platform will allow batteries up to 82kWh. Consequently, the MEB-Small platform is also likely to support smaller batteries. In terms of the WLTP cycle range, the 62kWh battery will likely offer approximately 400km, while the 48kWh battery could provide up to 300km of range.
ID LIFE is powered by a front-mounted motor that produces 231 horsepower and 290Nm of peak torque. VW claims it can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in less than seven seconds. In addition, the battery could be smaller, providing an entry-level version with a smaller motor. Furthermore, Volkswagen will support DC fast charging, allowing the battery to be recharged by about 40 percent (163km) within 10 minutes.
VW plans to launch its first electric vehicle in India in 2022, the ID 4 SUV. In the meantime, Volkswagen is preparing for the launch of its most important model in India – the Taigun – on September 23, 2021. VW is also planning to introduce a new midsize sedan sometime in 2022, replacing the ageing Vento, based on the MQB-A0-IN platform. In the coming months, we’re also expecting the facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan to hit our shores.