At the 2021 Virtual Annual Media Conference last week, Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO, Volkswagen Group, talked about a smaller MEB platform model that could be the VW ID.2 X. He suggested that the smallest ID member won’t be longer than the entry-level SUV VW T-Cross, which is 4.2 meters (165.4 inches) long. As expected, it should roll out of Seat’s factory in Spain.
In 2025, we will like to launch an entry-level platform for electric vehicles which is derived from the MEB. The intention is, if everything goes well, it will begin in Spain and various group vehicles will be introduced.Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO, Volkswagen Group
We believe that this will be coming at exactly the right point in time because we are electrifying from the top-down, so premium, then the volume segment, and then the entry-level segment because it is the most cost-sensitive segment. But by this point in time, when it comes to cell technology (it) would have made significantly more progress, and thus (we) will be able to offer very attractive vehicles similar to the VW ID.3 but in the segment below it, up to around 4 meters or 4 meters 20 (cm).
Dr. Diess went on his Twitter page this week to talk about his trip to the design lab of Volkswagen where electric, digital and autonomous vehicles are taking shape. “Our Group design chief Klaus Zyciora showed me together with his brand colleagues how we are facing the new competition from startups like Xpeng, NIO, Lucid & Co. What’s your favorite?” he asked, among four renders. One of the images is small car with a narrow front-end, sharply cut bumpers and headlamps, sculpted bonnet with a large grille section. We think the size and the design are descriptive of a budget electric car, perhaps the VW ID.2 X, or something that’s tailor-made for China.
Earlier this month, autovisie reported that Volkswagen may have inadvertently teased a smaller electric SUV called ID.2 X. The Dutch publication claimed that a teaser was mistakenly released along with that of the sedan being developed under the Trinity project, and that could be of an ID.2 X.
The alleged VW ID.2 X in the teaser has a modern crossover-like silhouette featuring a pronounced front-end with a convex nose, slim headlamps, sloping hood, fast A-pillar angle, high waistline, floating roof, and raked D pillars. Surprisingly, it looks more aggressive than the bigger VW ID.4, which has an MPV-ish appearance on the sides. The headlights and rear lights are slimmer, and the former’s design is reminiscent of the 2022 VW Tiguan.
‘VW ID.2 X’ to be previewed by a concept car at IAA 2021
Underpinning the VW ID.2 X would be the MEB-Lite platform, an extensively modified version of the MEB platform that is suitable for smaller EVs, technically and economically. The MEB-Lite platform is a few years away from production. However, a VW ID.2 X or the equivalent model could break cover as a concept car as early as September this year, VW’s CEO Ralf Brandstatter hinted last month.
In an interview with Auto Bild, Brandstatter talked about the models Volkswagen could present at the 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021):
Our trade fair star could be a vision for an electric car that does not yet exist…around 20,000 euros, compact, with features that you would not expect in this class.Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstatter speaking to Auto Bild about IAA 2021 plans
Production of the VW ID.2 X and MEB-Lite platform models, presumably including Seat and Skoda brand derivatives, is tentatively assigned to the Seat Martorell plant. “A future common vision (of Volkswagen Group, Seat, and Spain government) includes local production of small electric vehicles in the Martorell factory, as well as the local production of battery cells and battery modules,” Seat announced on its 70th anniversary on the 5th of March.
Volkswagen has traditionally ruled out sub-compact models like the T-Roc, T-Cross, Polo, etc. in the U.S. market, and so, chances for the ID.2 X ideally would’ve looked slim. However, the company could launch if there’s an increased demand for electric city cars. On January 20, 2021, Volkswagen revealed that it would discontinue the standard Golf in the USA at the end of MY 2021.