Volkswagen ID Life concept previews compact ID 2 EV

VW unveils its future compact electric crossover at a PS17,000 price point

Volkswagen’s ID Life Concept was unveiled at the Munich motorshow. It is a compact crossover vehicle that will be used as a preview for the entry-level PS17,000 model due in 2025.

This new Volkswagen is the first Volkswagen to be built on the MEB Entry platform, which will also support models from Seat and Cupra.

To meet its urban crossover requirements, the ID Life uses a modified version of the MEB platform that has a 2650mm shorter wheelbase. The ID Life, unlike the rear-wheel-drive ID 3 or ID 4, has a single motor mounted in the front. This motor produces 231bhp and Volkswagen claims a 0-62mph speed of less than 7.7sec.

Although the car retains familiar ID design cues it has a more boxy and crossover-oriented design. A detachable roof can be added to the concept in a variety of materials, including GTI tartan.

The interior is minimalist and features the majority of controls mounted on the steering wheels. The displays use a head-up display. The dashboard allows for infotainment to operate via a smartphone. Volkswagen claims that the system will allow for “a completely new level” of integration. The dashboard can also be magnetically attached with smartphones.

As part of Volkswagen’s sustainability pushes, the concept makes extensive use recycled materials. This includes recycled seat fabric.

A dedicated team from Volkswagen created the ID Life. Ralf Brandstatter, the company boss, stated that the brief was to create “more than just a show vehicle.” We asked them to build the future of urban mobility.

Brandstatter said, “In the future people desire more. They are always looking for the next great experience. This is what ID Life can bring to you. This car is ready to make extraordinary experiences online or offline. This car will become your living space, and your companion throughout your life.

“The ID Life is a testament to the uniqueness of MEB. It’s the most scalable platform available in the industry and we’re just scratching the surface of what MEB could be. This platform allows for scale to go beyond the limit. This platform is key to breaking through the EUR20,000 barrier. It will be available by 2025.