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Volkswagen to preview ID.2 crossover at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show?

by Ronan Glon

The production model will allegedly arrive by 2024.

Volkswagen confirmed it will unveil the production version of the battery-electric ID.3 during the 2019 Frankfurt auto show that opens its doors on September 10. The hatchback won't be the only new car displayed on the company's stand. We'll also see a close-to-production concept built to preview a smaller, cheaper electric model envisioned as a modern-day people's car, according to a recent report.

Speaking during an event held in Berlin on May 8, Volkswagen board member Jurgen Stackmann confirmed every electric car the firm releases in the coming years will wear the letters ID followed by a number. Bigger cars will go above 3, meaning we'll see an ID.4, an ID.5, and so on. Smaller cars wear the ID.1 and ID.2 nameplates. All of them will ride on the modular MEB platform.

British magazine Autocar reported the ID.1 will arrive as a Polo-sized hatchback, while the ID.2 will be a compact crossover. It's the 2 that we'll allegedly see in concept form in Frankfurt, according to the publication. It will be about the same size as the T-Roc, a sub-Tiguan crossover not sold in the United States, and it could start in the vicinity of 20,000 euros ($22,000).

Stackmann explained Volkswagen wants to expand its line-up of electric cars towards the top before it fills the gaps under the ID.3. The ID Buzz, the ID Vizzion, and the ID Crozz are already on their way to production, though what they'll be called is up in the air. With that time frame in mind, Volkswagen head of product strategy Michael Jost told Autocar the ID.2 will go on sale in 2024 at the latest.

We don't know whether the ID.2 will be sold in the United States. At first glance, its restrained, city-friendly dimensions suggest it's being developed for Europe and other global markets only, but automakers are increasingly thinking small as they expand their line-up of crossovers and SUVs, and the landscape might look different when the model makes its debut as a production car.

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