By the mid-decade, the Wolfsburg-based carmaker will enter the small car segment with a new Volkswagen ID.Life. The car’s starting price will be around €20,000 (approx. $21,000).
The other day, Volkswagen reminded the audience about this model by posting sketches on Twitter. The Volkswagen ID.Life (or speculated to be named “ID.1” when reaches showrooms) is teased alongside its siblings from the Skoda and Cupra brands.
The ID.Life’s exterior design resembles the designs of other vehicles of the ID family: ID.3, ID.4, and ID. Buzz. Similar in dimensions to the Volkswagen Polo, the ID.Life will be built by SEAT in Spain.
This affordable small urban car is aimed at young drivers. It is expected to be available not only in Europe but in North America as well.
What We Know So Far
The Volkswagen ID.Life was first presented in a concept form at the IAA MOBILITY 2021 in Munich. It combines sustainability and digitalization with very flexible usage as a mini cinema, a gaming center, or for relaxing in the open air.
The Volkswagen ID.Life’s interior is pared-down, high-quality, and multifunctional.
Natural (wood, ArtVelours Eco) and recycled (100% recycled PET bottles) materials are used there. The tires are made of bio-oil, natural rubber, and rice husks.
Cameras and a display replace all mirrors. Essential driving functions are controlled via a touch panel on the steering wheel.
To operate systems (navigation and others), you can use personal devices, like a tablet or a smartphone. Music, films, and games stored on the device can be used seamlessly in the car, with visuals displayed on the projection screen.
The e-model rides on a smaller variant of the MEB platform, has front-wheel drive, a 172-kW (234 HP) electric motor, and a 57-kWh high-voltage battery enabling the range of 400 km according to the WLTP test (approx. 222 miles by EPA).
The VW ID.Life needs 6.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph.