The Volkswagen ID Electric Hatch is shown out testing on the road in South Africa – fully camouflaged – as it moves to a 2019 debut.
You might expect that the arrival of the VW Golf Mk 8 in 2019 would be the focus of VW’s ‘teasing’ marketing, but it seems Volkswagen are so intent on re-inventing themselves as a maker of fluffy green electric cars that the new Golf’s arrival seems almost irrelevant.
Instead, we get the VW ID Hatch teased in a video showing camouflaged IDs out playing in South Africa ahead of a 2019 debut.
Clearly, VW see the electric ID hatch as the next ‘big’ VW, continuing the line from the Beetle to the Golf, and a car which will be the mainstay of the VW range for years to come. Assuming anyone actually wants to buy one.
The VW ID Hatch is a similar size to the Golf, but it’s built on VW’s new MEB platform set to underpin VW’s range of EVs, with a 168bhp electric motor at the back driving the rear wheels, more cabin space than the Golf and a range of between 205 and 340 miles depending on which version you buy.
It looks a promising electric hatch, but are car buyers really ready to eschew the ICE Golf in big numbers and tip in to its electric replacement?