VW ID.2 & ID.3 set to replace the iconic Polo & Golf in electric-only markets [Update]

Sales of Volkswagen’s iconic models that run on conventional gasoline technology like the Polo, Golf and Passat would not continue in the future in markets that ban ICE vehicles. Volkswagen is not looking to strap electric motors and batteries to make them comply with government regulations and would instead sell equivalent vehicles from the ‘ID’ family.

Talking to Auto Express in May 2020, Jürgen Stackmannn, former Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Passenger Cars for Sales, Marketing and After Sales, said that models like the Golf will not be selling alongside ID range of electric cars in the electric-only future. In places like the United Kingdom, where sale of new ICE cars are banned from 2030, models like Golf and Polo will not be made to comply. However in countries, like in parts of Asia and Africa, which are behind the curve in the adoption of electric cars, they would run parallel.

VW ID.2 – Polo class car to release in 2025

2025 could be the year when we see the VW ID.2 arrive in the market, that’s at least what the company’s product roadmap (pictured below) indicates. Battery costs would reach a level in the next three-four years for Volkswagen to give the green signal for electrifying the base segment, which currently comprises the Polo and the T-Cross.

VW ID.2 confirmation (Entry ID.s for everyone)
In her presentation, Silke Bagschik, Head of Sales and Marketing (ID. Family), Volkswagen, confirmed plans for the VW ID.1 and ID.2 on 15 September, 2020. Image Source: Volkswagen Group

Volkswagen has not said what the ID.2 would look like and where it will be manufactured, but our guess is that it would have crossover design connections and a manufacturing base in Spain, which could become the production base for Entry IDs. The ID.2’s battery pack could be 35-40 kWh, to meet the driving range and the price expectations of city car users.

The VW ID.2 is likely to be previewed by a concept at the 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021) in September. In an interview with Germany’s AutoBild in February, Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstatter, said:

Our trade fair star could be a vision for an electric car that does not yet exist. Around 20,000 euros, compact, with features that you would not expect in this class.

Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen, on the company’s IAA 2021 model plan

The VW Group says that the proportion of electric and hybrid cars it sells in Europe would move up to 60 percent from the previously announced 40 percent by 2030 as EU’s CO2 targets get more stringent. It is investing more than half of the planned 73 billion euros ($86 billion) through 2025 on battery electric vehicles, it said on November 13.

Seat urban electric car to arrive before VW ID.2

The so-called MEB entry or MEB lite platform will underpin the VW ID.1, VW ID.2, and basically every other A- and B-segment electric car Volkswagen Group introduces this decade. The German conglomerate has assigned this project to Seat instead of Volkswagen. When AutoExpress, asked Axel Andorff, VP – R&D, Seat, if the Spanish company is leading the development of this platform, he said:

Yes, we have a team working on it now. What we already know is that just a little improvement of the main MEB platform on costs and so on will not be sufficient for what we need for a small electric car

Axel Andorff, VP – R&D, Seat

With Seat in the driver seat for the MEB entry platform development, its electric supermini would understandably arrive before the VW ID.2. The company confirmed on March 22 that it plans to launch a Seat urban electric car in 2025 and position it in the price segment of €20,000-25,000.

Seat urban electric car teaser
The Seat urban electric car, like the VW ID.2, is expected to belong to the B-segment like the T-Cross and Arona. Image Source: Seat

Autocar UK, in a report on Feb 22, suggested that potential designs for the new Seat electric car are done and it could be previewed as early as late this year if the VW Group and Spanish authorities reach an agreement on the manufacturing terms.

VW ID.3 replaces the e-Golf

Volkswagen’s fully-electric Golf, the e-Golf, was discontinued in late 2020 following the launch of the ID.3. The e-Golf has a 35.8 kWh battery pack and offers a range of 231 km (WLTP). Though the e-Golf is acknowledged as being fun to drive and had a good customer demand, the travel range is not very competitive. The Golf-sized ID.3, however, offers a driving range of up to 320 km in the lowest spec and goes up to 550 km with the largest battery pack on offer.

While the long-term future does look uncertain for combustion-engine models like the Polo and Golf that have dominated the sales tables in Europe for decades, their story is not coming to an abrupt end.

Stackmann had confirmed to Auto Express that a ninth-generation Golf will be launched before the switch to full-electric models happen around the world. The eighth-generation Golf is available with five engines – two petrol engines, two diesel engines and one mild-hybrid powertrain. There’s also a GTE plug-in hybrid version that has a TSI four-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a combined output of 245 PS (180 kW) and 400 Nm of torque. The GTE Golf has an all-electric range of 60 km and can be driven up to 130 km/h in this mode.

The Volkswagen brand is ramping-up efforts to be the world’s largest producer of electric cars. The target is to manufacture 1.5 million electric vehicles a year by 2025, and the models include the VW ID.3, VW ID.4, VW ID.5, VW ID.6 and the VW MEB Entry model ID.2.

VW ID.2 FAQs

What is the VW ID.2 release date?

The VW ID.2, based on the new MEB-Lite architecture, can be expected in the first half of 2025.

What is the expected VW ID.2 price?

The VW ID.2 will cost between €20,000 and €25,000 in the European market.

What will be the VW ID.2 rivals?

The VW ID.2 will compete with the Seat ‘Urbano’ electric car, and the likes of Peugeot e-2008, Opel Mokka-e, and Hyundai Kona EV.