Volkswagen has a critical year coming in 2020, when the German brand
will launch two incredibly important vehicles nearly back-to-back.
The next-generation Volkswagen Golf will arrive that year, and then, one month later,
the brand will launch its first mass-market electric car, the ID hatchback.
The 2020 car will be the eighth generation of the Golf nameplate, but the first for the ID hatchback,
which is poised to carry the German brand into the future.
Jürgen Stackman, board member and head of sales and marketing, revealed the
launch cadence and said both new cars “will stand on their own feet.”
The inbound arrival of the ID hatchback also spells the end of the road for
the Volkswagen e-Golf, according to Stackman, who spoke with Australia’s Drive.
Electrification for the Golf 8 will stop at the development of a new plug-in hybrid,
while the ID model takes over full-electric duties.
Volkswagen has developed a new architecture solely for its electric vehicles called the MEB platform.
The current e-Golf is underpinned by
VW’s MQB platform, designed for vehicles
with front-mounted transverse engines and transmissions,
which Stackman says is “not optimal” for engineering.
The Volkswagen executive also said the brand expects a net all-electric range of 300
to 450 kilometers (186 to 280 miles) when the ID hatchback launches, likely on the European test cycle.
Additionally, the ID hatchback will be positioned at a Golf Diesel price point
—no coincidence as diesel-powered cars have started to lose favor in many European markets.
Speaking of Europe
Speaking of Europe,
BUT the Volkswagen ID has not been confirmed for the United States market.
The compact electric hatchback is expected to launch in Europe, and be
Volkswagen’s highest-volume electric car in that market.