The bespoke all-electric e-up! successor might be based on an all-new smaller version of the MEB platform.
Here is a new rendering of the Volkswagen ID.1 car by Auto Notícias, which tried to imagine an all-electric entry-level ID. model, which would replace the Volkswagen e-up!.
It really reminds us of the style of the Volkswagen ID.3 and by the way, is similar also to the Fiat Panda. This ID.1 is really quite a handsome subcompact EV.
From Bruno Freitas, the creator of this rendering:
"Assuming that this entry-level ID will replace the Volkswagen Up! in a near future, the project consists of implementing the main design features of the brand's new EVs into a current generation Up!. This ID.1 also gets a more rugged style, really important in the middle of a SUV craze."
The current, second model evolution of the Volkswagen e-up! is also available as the SEAT Mii Electric and Škoda CITIGOe iV.
Volkswagen e-up! (2nd model evolution) specs:
- 36.8 kWh battery pack (32.3 kWh usable)
- up to 162 miles of WLTP range
- 0-62 mph in 11.9 seconds
- top speed of 81 mph
- 61 kW electric motor
- 0-80% fast charging in 60 minutes (40 kW DC Combo 2)
New BEV platform
It's not known when we will see a bespoke all-electric successor of the triplets, but as we understand, it is too small a car to be based on the MEB platform. Additionally, making entry-level BEVs profitable is very challenging (compared to high-end models), which means it will take more time.
The new small BEVs for the mass market will be based on a new platform, kind of like a smaller version of the MEB. It's under development by the SEAT brand for use by the entire Volkswagen Group. We first heard about it about a year ago, in March 2019:
SEAT was selected to develop a new vehicle platform in collaboration with the Volkswagen brand, for the entire Volkswagen Group. The new platform will be:
- smaller version of the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB)
- for multiple brands and vehicles of the size of around 4 metres in length
- for affordable electric cars, starting below €20,000 (in Europe)
"For the first time in the history of the company, SEAT will develop a new vehicle platform in collaboration with the Volkswagen brand, a smaller version of the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB) on which multiple vehicles of the size of around four metres in length by different brands, SEAT among them, will be made. The goal of the new platform is to develop affordable electric vehicles, with an entry level price below 20,000 euros. More than 300 highly skilled engineers will be participating in this project in Spain."