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An I.D. for the future.

This is a car that knows you and your driving needs, adjusts the seat to your own personal setting, chooses your favourite music, and in a few years will be driving you to your destination – oh, and that also makes harmful emissions a thing of the past. Meet Volkswagen’s new I.D.

Text Mark Espiner
Photos Volkswagen AG

It heralds a new era in driving. A new era in mobility. A new era in Volkswagen innovation. And this future is only four years away. The I.D. will kick off a new generation of innovative electric vehicles.

The zero-emission I.D. is based entirely on a new architecture developed specifically and exclusively for all-electric vehicles. Freed from the constraints of the combustion engine or the challenges that come with plug-in hybrid vehicles, these cars will operate on a new level. Powered by a 125 kW (170 PS) electric motor and offering a range of up to 600 kilometres, the I.D. will make zero-emission driving second nature.

Active Info Display and head-up display are already available in Volkswagen’s new advanced models. The I.D. will offer even more: no switches, no sticks, just screens.

The I.D. has retired the ­conventional car key, replacing it with a “Digital Key” installed on your smartphone that unlocks and starts up the car. Lots of other new features will enhance the driving experience.

Announcing the news at this year’s Paris Motor Show, and unveiling the I.D. concept car as a flavour of things to come, Volkswagen also showed how it is ­looking beyond 2020 towards a future of automated driving. By 2025, it aims to have a steering wheel that will retract into the instrument panel at the push of a button. This will give the driver an entirely new sense of space and a full automated driving experience. The feeling of space is already evident in the design language, with generous interiors made possible by placing the motor on the rear axle and the high-voltage battery in the floor.

But perhaps the smartest features are the connectedness and intuitive ­usability that engage with the driver’s own idiosyncrasies. Drivers will have their own Volkswagen ID, so they can unlock and drive their cars with a smartphone, store personal settings such as the seat position, navigation settings, temperature control, and playlists. The user identity, called up via the Volkswagen automotive cloud, will help to connect people, cars and the environment.

The I.D. stands for a news design language and ­central to that is the importance of space. The cars also ­anticipate ­automated driving, with a steering wheel that will retract into the instrument panel.

The I.D. stands for a news design language and ­central to that is the importance of space. The cars also ­anticipate ­automated driving, with a steering wheel that will retract into the instrument panel.

The I.D. at a glance

Range: 400 to 600 kilometres
Maximum speed: 160 km/h
Engine power: 125 kW (170 PS)
Acceleration (0 to 100 km/h):
< 8 seconds
Market launch: 2020