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"Now we have the proportions right," said VW design chief Klaus Bischoff. "We can tick the boxes better than before, with the drivetrain and interior too. The other concepts struggled, as the combustion engine didn't allow the proportions. We failed with the original showcars coming to market. Now we have the possibility again."
So the car is now possible due to the MEB electric platform that will be introduced first on a family hatchback due in 2020 and previewed by Paris's ID concept. The batteries all in the floor and motors at the rear, allowing the body on top to become hugely spacious and flexible, and the one-box shape possible as there's no engine needed at the front.
That's the technical side, but why bother with making a new MPV anyway? Intriguingly, Bischoff himself acknowledges the fact that the MPV "is not hugely favoured today".
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But he believes the new electric platform technology "might change" the SUV love in back in favour of MPVs again almost as quickly as he SUV has nearly killed the MPV due to the space and flexibility benefits.
"We do that [an electric MPV concept] to stand out and show we can offer so much space that people will love it and its flexibility. We consider it an attractive offer."
It's a bold claim, and relies on the obvious goodwill for the Microbus turning into hard sales in he future and a reversing of the trend towards SUVs. It's a good job VW is also planning an electric SUV off the same platform in case it doesn't work...
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