Volkswagen has confirmed the company will launch the eight-generation Golf and I.D. electric car nearly concurrently. The move signifies how important both models are to the VW brand as it looks to move past its 2015 diesel emissions scandal, and is perhaps a test of their engineering power.
Jürgen Stackman, board member and head of sales and marketing, confirmed the plans to Australian publication Drive during the recent Frankfurt Motor Show.
“There is going to be an extremely strong new Golf 8 coming, it will launch just a month ahead of the I.D. We believe that they both stand on their own feet, in their own rights.” Stackmann told Drive.
Both cars are expected to launch in early 2020. While the eight-generation Golf is fairly predictable, Satckmann did confirm additional details on the I.D.
As expected, the first VW I.D. product will actually be similar in size and form to the Golf that’s launching along with it. VW is aiming to offer a total electric range of 200-300 miles on it, while the price tag is slated to come in around that of the diesel version of the Golf, which should put it in a sub-$30,000 range in the U.S.
The I.D. will be the first vehicle built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, which will underpin the vast majority of the brand’s electric vehicles from 2020 onward. In total Volkswagen AG is now planning up to 80 electrified vehicles by 2025, which includes all of its brands.