Volkswagen Starts Work On New Entry Level EV

  • Expected to launch in 2026
  • 400 kms-plus range on a single full charge
  • Will replace the e-Up as VW’s smallest EV

Volkswagen Starts Work On New Entry Level EV

Volkswagen has started development on a new entry-level EV that will be positioned below the recently introduced ID 2 electric hatchback. Dubbed the ID 1, the new EV will be the smallest model in the automaker’s pure electric vehicle lineup. 

Volkswagen ID 1: What We Know So Far

ID 1

The ID 1 will be based on VW’s new MEB First FWD platform. It will be one of four models - the Cupra Urban Rebel, ID 2 and an entry-level Škoda model - to be underpinned by the new platform. The architecture allows for lithium-iron-phosphate batteries which are more cost effective, helping reduce production costs.

ID Interior

VW recently revealed a new sketch that gives us a hint at what the ID 1 will look like. The electric hatchback has a muscular design with an angular front end and features signature ID elements like the horizontal front light bar. The designers wanted to give the ID 1 a futuristic look to highlight the digital functionality aspect of the EV, helping to attract younger buyers.

ID Seat

Slated to launch in 2026, the ID 1 will be similar in size to the current-gen Polo (not sold in India). The new model could end up taking the nameplate in the future similar to VW plans to use the Golf and Tiguan monikers for upcoming EVs.

Volkswagen ID 1: Powertrain Details

ID Rear

VW is likely to offer the ID1 with a 57 kWh battery pack powering a single front-mounted electric motor that would make 243 bhp of power. While the brand did not reveal any specification details, it is expected to have around 402 kms of range on a single full charge. The new powertrain will be a big step forward from the current setup in the e-Up, which the ID 1 will effectively replace.

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