Volkswagen has presented a new compact crossover concept car: The ID. Life, expected to be released at a price tag of approximately 20,000 Euros (approx. $23,671). The car was revealed at the International Motor Show IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich.
The ID. Life is based on a smaller variant of Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) that has been developed specifically for the small car segment. This is the first time a vehicle based on the MEB has front-wheel drive. With its 172 kW electric motor, VW says the ID. Life accelerates from 0 to 100 KM/H (approx. 62 MPH) in 6.9 seconds, while its 57 kWh high-voltage battery enables a range of some 400 km (approx. 249 miles).
VW touts the sustainability of the ID. Life as well, reflected in the choice of materials and paint finishes. In the clear coat for the bodywork, wood chips are used as a natural coloring agent along with a bio-based hardener. The air chamber textile for the roof and front cover is made from 100% recycled PET bottles. In the interior, wood in the dashboard and rear seat surrounds is combined with ArtVelours Eco for the seat surfaces and door trims. Bio-oil, natural rubber and rice husks are some of the materials that serve as a basis for the tires on the ID. Life.
VW says the vehicle comes with an (undefined) video game console and projector, as well as a projection screen that extends from the dash panel when required. Other devices can be connected as needed to the 230V/16-amp power supply in the interior. The front seat bench can be completely folded down, as can the rear seat bench. VW points out this enables a range of different possibilities, from cinema seating to a bed measuring around two meters (approx. 6.6 ft.) in length, to a cargo version to maximize luggage volume.
Cameras and a display replace both the exterior and interior mirrors. Essential driving functions are controlled via a touch panel on the hexagonal, open-topped steering wheel, and a smartphone can be integrated into the operating system; personal devices like smartphones or tablets can be used to operate the navigation system, for instance. Music, films and games stored on the device can be used in the ID. Life, with visuals displayed on the projection screen.
By 2030, Volkswagen says it aims to increase the share of all-electric models in total vehicle sales in Europe to at least 70%, and in North America and China to at least 50%.