This will be a concept since the production version will arrive in 2025.
The production model could be called Golf instead.
Sources say this model could be smaller than the current Golf.
Volkswagen is likely to lift the covers off its upcoming ID.2 electric hatchback on March 15, sources say.
The automaker has been working on this smaller model which will sit under the ID.3 for a while now, but the production version will only go on sale in 2025.
As such, the car that will be unveiled next week is only a concept, and details could still change before it arrives on the market.
One of those details is the name. Indeed, Volkswagen recently said that it wants to keep its most iconic names in production and hinted at the possibility of an ID. Golf.
Since the ID.2 is set to be smaller than the current generation of the Golf, this name could be reserved for a redesign of the slightly larger ID.3, but this seems increasingly unlikely.
Indeed, the ID.2 is said to take its styling inspiration from the fourth generation of the Golf, a model which was sold here from 1999 to 2006.
This is a departure from what was expected at first since the ID Life Concept from 2020 was said to be the basis of the next ID.2.
After an underwhelming reception of the concept by the company’s higher management, it was decided to give the new model a more conventional shape and the design boss who presided over its conception was moved over to the creative arts department.
Few details are known at the moment, but VW confirmed this model will be the first to use the new MEB Plus platform which features new LFP batteries which can charge up to 200 kW.
The ID.2 is expected to be offered only in front-wheel drive single-motor form at first, but the automaker says the new architecture will support dual motor powertrains and that a more powerful version cannot be ruled out at the moment.
This hints at a sportier model such as the GTX version of the ID.4 and the upcoming ID.Buzz, but yet again, a change of plans could be in order.
Indeed, the same sources cited by Autocar say the company elected to replace the GTX name with the better-known GTI nameplate, which could give rise to the first electric Golf GTI.
Since the current ID.3 is not offered in North America, it would be surprising if the even smaller ID.2 makes it to our market, but anything is still possible at this point.