The compact crossover utility vehicle, which is said to be part of a modern project, was confirmed by product strategy manager Michael Jost. It will arrive in 2023, or 2024 “at the latest”.

The five-seat compact will have a ride height and exterior dimensions similar to the T-Roc with an existing combustion engine, forming part of the next range of Volkswagen models powered by I.D. batteries that will start with the launch of the ID 3hatchback in 2020.

Previously, Volkswagen Chairman Herbert Diess indicated that the cost could be as little as 20,000 euros, or as little as £17,400 in the UK. Jost also confirmed that price point, saying “we build great electric cars that are fun to drive, beautifully designed and fully networked.

The price of what will be the fifth I.D. model after ID 3 and production versions of the Crozz, Buzz and Vizzion concepts is a crucial component in Volkswagens broader plan to create a new, contemporary electric car for people in a movement aimed at reflecting the success of the original beetle and its indirect successor, the Golf.

Diess, the architect of Volkswagens electric car strategy, recently stated that engineers are working on a car designed to be half the price of the Tesla Model 3 without naming the new secret electric crossover, suggesting it would be on sale in four years.

Autocar has been told that the idea behind the new ID model is to create a car with an attractive classless design, exceptional interior space within a compact footprint and the kind of affordability that will enable it to attract a large number of car buyers in all of Volkswagens existing markets.

Like the other Volkswagen ID models, it is based on the companys new MEB (Modularen Electrik Baukasten – modular electrical architecture) platform, with an electric motor mounted on the front and a battery of sufficient capacity to provide a range exceeding 186 miles of the current e-Golf. To keep the price low, it is likely to be offered exclusively in the form of front-wheel drive, with a number of connectivity options to be offered as optional equipment.

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