Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion hints at the firm's first electric estate

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Volkswagen looks set to launch the electric estate auto segment, with a new concept heading into production.

Volkswagen's ID sub-brand for electric cars has spawned its first production model in the form of the ID 3 hatchback, but there are still more concepts on the way.

Inside, passengers are bathed in light flooding through the glass panoramic roof, and LED mood lighting is installed along the insides of the doors.

But it's destined to be more than just a show vehicle, with VW confirming that a production version will hit the streets in China in late 2021, while different versions for Europe and North America will also be introduced in due course.

VW calls the new vehicle a "wagon of tomorrow that combines the aerodynamic characteristics of a Gran Turismo with the spaciousness of an SUV".

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What's even more impressive, though, is that Volkswagen has already announced that the ID.3's prices will start at under 30,000 Euros, which means that, with additional government subsidies and other concessions, the ID.3 makes a serious case for itself in many European countries. It plans to release the model's production version in 2021 and to design different versions for North America, Europe and China.

Inside the vehicle, a material called AppleSkin is used - which is said to be a sustainable alternative to leather that's made from residual matter leftover from apple juice production. Stylistically, the ID. SPACE VIZZION follows the design DNA of the ID. family, yet has a completely independent and progressive character.

The company has debuted the model just after presenting the first all-electric ID.3 produced at its Zwickau plant. The plant sets the next milestone in Volkswagen's global electrification strategy. In the future, the plant will be manufacturing MEB platform-based BEV models for various Volkswagen Group brands. By the time the concept comes out on the market, the Wolfsburg production network will increasingly be geared to the MEB. In addition, Anting is doing its best to integrate environmentally friendly and intelligent factory technologies for VW in China. The area utilization is highly increased, meaning less land and built-up space is needed compared to a standard plant.

Back in Germany, VW is also adapting their supply chains for electric cars in Europe. Around 300 jobs will be created at the division for battery systems. Here's why we think the ID.3 could mainstream electric cars.

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