Bischoff said: “We had the unique chance to lead Volkswagen into a new age. Electric drive provides greater freedom for designers. We minimise the cooling holes; the axles move further apart and generate stunning proportions.”
With an illuminated badge making it easily identifiable as a Volkswagen, the ID departs quite radically from existing models. Key elements include a largely unadorned front end, an ultra-short front overhang, a steeply rising bonnet line, a heavily raked windscreen, 20in wheels, prominent sill elements, cantilever-style rear doors, an extended roofline, a rear spoiler element and a glass tailgate.
By eschewing a traditional grille, using flush-fitting glass for the side windows and extending the roofline beyond the top of the tailgate, Volkswagen’s designers have clearly attempted boost the aerodynamic efficiency of the ID.
At 4100mm in length, 1800mm in width and 1530mm in height, the ID is 155mm longer, 9mm wider and 77mm higher than the seventh-generation Golf. It also rides on a wheelbase that is 130mm longer than that of Europe’s perennial best-seller, at 2750mm.
With interactive LED headlights that have been conceived to mimic the action of a human eye by giving the impression of being able to open and close, as well as LED units concealed within various parts of the exterior, the lighting properties and overall visual character of the ID alters depending on the driving mode.
When parked, the headlight graphic is designed to provide an impression of a closed eye – as if to signal it is asleep. At start-up, the headlights blink and the graphic is altered to convey the action of an eye opening. At the same time, the VW logos front and rear are illuminated in white, while the lower section of the front bumper, side sills and rear diffuser are lit up in blue.