Fresh images of the all-electric Volkswagen ID hatch, showing the car in a bold camouflage livery, have leaked online a day before reservations for the new machine open.
The images, which come from a leaked video and were captured by Elektrowoz, give one of the clearest looks yet at the production version of Volkswagen’s first ID machine built on its new MEB electric architecture.
They show that the ID hatch – which is tipped to be called the ID 3 when it goes into production – features lights similar to that seen on the Volkswagen Golf, but with a more rounded and shorter bonnet due to the car’s electric powertrain.
Volkswagen has also launched a website hub for the ID range, ahead of opening registrations for the car during an event tomorrow (8 May).
The MEB architecture can house a range of battery sizes, and it is understood the ID hatch will be offered with several choices, offering differing levels of range. According to the leaked information, it will be offered in a special Launch Edition with a maximum range of 341 miles. The entry level version will feature a 205-mile range, with other variants between those two.
The ID hatch is expected to be officially launched at the Frankfurt motor show later this year.
This machine has previously been spotted testing on numerous occasions sporting a more traditional black and white camouflage disguise. More recently, unofficial images showed engineers testing it in the Arctic Circle.
The first model from Volkswagen designed and purpose-built as an electric vehicle (EV), the Golf-sized ID will remain largely faithful to the 2016 concept, as the new images show.
The director of Volkswagen Design, Klaus Bischoff, previously told Autocar: “The proportions, the design cues and the wheel size are the same as the concept. It looks like the show car. We couldn’t do the camera-system rear-view mirrors for legal reasons, nor the electric door handles due to cost. But other than that, it’s pretty much the same.”
The first pre-production prototypes rolled off lines in April 2018, giving engineers a 16-month window in which to complete the car's development.
Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess revealed that these prototypes would also be used in an "intensive start-up phase", which started last September.
The first definitive examples of the ID are due to be produced in November 2019. Customer sales will kick off in Britain at the start of 2020 at what Diess said would be a price "comparable to a diesel model".