Volkswagen Group is likely to launch a VW ID. replacement for or alternative to every core VW brand model this decade. It began with the VW ID.3, a VW Golf alternative, in 2019, and in the coming years, we will see a VW ID.8 either replace the Atlas or sell alongside it.
On July 13, 2021, Volkswagen Group announced the New Auto strategy for its roadmap through 2030. In his speech at the event, Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO, Volkswagen Group, confirmed a VW ID.8 model and revealed that this EV will belong to the VW Atlas segment. Below is what he said:
All relevant global segments are already covered by specific EV offerings:
Volkswagen Group announced the VW ID.8 announcement precisely eight months after revealing that plans to manufacture three electric European mid-size SUVs (D-SUVs) at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Hannover plant in Germany. However, those models will be premium, luxury SUVs. European media expects the VW ID.8 to serve as a replacement for or an alternative to the VW Touareg.
VW ID.8 specifications
The MEB platform allows building EVs with a higher interior space in the exterior dimensions of a lower segment model. So, Volkswagen Group may see the VW ID.8 with potential for North American and European markets. In other words, a single model with an electric drive could cater to potential customers of the VW Touareg and VW Atlas on both continents.
The ID.8 will likely sit on the MEB platform, which we know can offer a wheelbase of up to 129.9 inches from the ID. Buzz concept. A circa-300 horsepower dual-motor powertrain should suffice the needs of customers buying it instead of the VW Atlas. The battery pack options may include a 100+ kWh unit that provides a range of more than 300 miles (EPA).
VW ID.8 price & release date
While battery prices are falling, Volkswagen Group hasn’t revealed even the tentative release date of the VW ID.8, which makes it difficult to predict the VW ID.8 price. The Atlas’ prices start at USD 31,555, and currently, it’s impossible to price the ID.8 around this figure.
Volkswagen Group expects to price the U.S.-manufactured VW ID.4, a relatively lower-class model, from around USD 35,000 when it comes out towards the end of 2022. In the current scenario, pricing the VW ID.8 below USD 35,000 wouldn’t be feasible. We reckon the ID.8 is probably at least 3 years away from arriving in U.S. showrooms.
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