Volkswagen’s low-cost entry EV, shown as the ID Life crossover-styled concept at the Munich auto show in September, has fallen out of favor in Wolfsburg, according to a report.
VW styling boss Jozef Kaban and his team have shifted their focus toward a more modern design that, unlike the ID Life's more retro look, is supposed to lure young customers who want a highly connected vehicle in the 20,000-euro range, according to Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche.
Sources say the new car, which is due in 2025, is expected to be called the ID2. It will be a five-door hatchback with a footprint that matches the VW Polo small car but with the interior space of a compact such as the Golf. The ID2 X small SUV will follow in 2026, according to the report.
A VW spokesperson told Automotive News Europe the ID Life has been "extremely well received" internally and externally since its debut. There are no plans for a new concept, the spokesperson said.
VW brand has already launched or will soon debut the ID3, ID4, ID5 and ID Buzz battery-electric vehicles. Its EV range will be expanded by six more models by 2027. These include a midsize electric sedan that will debut at the Beijing auto show next month.