Volkswagen Reveals I.D. Electric Concept Ahead of Paris Motor Show

By Paul Riegler on 28 September 2016
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Volkswagen at an earlier Paris Motor Show

Volkswagen’s latest concept car, the I.D., which it plans to debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show which opens later this week, isn’t just a show car but a harbinger of what the automaker has in store come 2020.

Based on VW’s current design language with a very futuristic twist, the I.D. is built on VW’s new MEB platform, which will be used for future electric vehicles.

The I.D. concept is powered by a 167-horsepower electric motor. VW says the I.D. will have a range of 249 to 373 miles (400 to 600 kilometers) on a single charge. It will be available in dealerships at some point in 2020, “parallel to the Golf,” the automaker said.

Among its many tricks is a multifunction steering wheel that disappears into the dashboard when in the fully automated I.D. Pilot mode, giving the driver more room to get comfortable. The I.D. Pilot mode won’t be ready until 2025 however. Another trick, ahem feature is its ability to accept parcels for its owner if no one is home.

The I.D. is VW’s first foray into EVs in a post-Dieselgate world and the automaker has gone on record with plans to sell one million of them per year by 2015 as the automaker distances itself from diesel.

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