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Volkswagen Considering a Rough-and-tumble Electric

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The sky’s apparently the restrict relating to the number of automobiles which may emerge from Volkswagen’s devoted MEB electric structure. Whereas the automaker’s looming EV onslaught already incorporates a hatchback, crossover, microbus, panel van, and attainable luxurious sedan, VW feels one thing’s lacking: a robust, off-street ute.

One VW exec is pushing exhausting to provide electric automobiles a brawnier picture.

In a sit-down with Auto Bild (by way of Auto Categorical), VW technique boss Michael Jost stated the MEB platform might give Volkswagen a first-in-phase coup — a spartan, zero-emission path denizen.

“There are not any producers on this sector but, [building] a strong electric car that loves scratches and wears them as a badge of honour,” Jost stated, including that he’s championing the undertaking internally. Jost’s candid convo with Auto Bild is a part of his technique; he plans to make use of the publication’s readers as a focus group to measure public curiosity. The chief even offered sketches of a boxy, upright utility vehicle that eschews the egg form of different VW I.D. fashions.

Jost stated he’s aiming for a easy design, each in and out. Somewhat than having the vehicle undertake a few off-street cues to please timid, grocery-getting shoppers, the exec said the vehicle would come prepared for motion with scratch-proof show covers and an interior designed for cleansing by way of strain washer.

In the middle of the dialogue, Jost aired one other article of VW’s product laundry. A flagship SUV based mostly on the MEB platform is beneath improvement, and the would-be off-roader would draw its underpinnings from this mannequin — in two wheelbase lengths. If that seems like one thing Land Rover may slap a Vary Rover identify on, properly, that’s the thought. Jost stated the off-roader would boast a three-door and 5-door variant in wheelbases of 177 and 191 inches, providing area to 5 or seven occupants. The twin-motor/all-wheel drive setup seen in different I.D. fashions would attain its most usefulness on this mannequin. Vary? Like different I.D. fashions, the ceiling on that stands at 373 miles on the European test cycle.

As there’s already a variety of automobiles coming down the pipe, VW’s proposed off-roader would wish to attend its flip. Meaning, if VW pulls the set off, the brawny ute wouldn’t make its look till at the least 2021.

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