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An electric Volkswagen Golf rather than a new ID.3?

Volkswagen is reportedly considering “replacing” its ID.3 with a 100% electric Golf for several reasons which appear, on paper at least, to be entirely relevant.

At Volkswagen, electric doesn’t really ignite passions. In recent months, sales of electric cars from the brand, and from the group more generally, have slowed down significantly, leading to some readjustments at the assembly line level.

Still, Volkswagen is one of the manufacturers offering the widest range of electric cars, while waiting for the ID.2 which will arrive in 2025, or even 2026 according to the latest information. But will it really be called ID.2? Some think that Volkswagen could already review its nomenclature by “transforming” the ID.2 into an electric Polo, “Polo” being a much more evocative and resonant name than the ID range. And it would be the same for the ID.3 which, as a reminder, also had a complicated start.

The future Volkswagen Golf will be electric

The future Golf, the ninth generation to be precise, will be electric and this will mark the return of the German compact with a powertrain running on electrons. As a reminder, the seventh generation Golf was entitled to an electric variant with 136 hp and a range of around 250 km.
These last months, it has been confirmed that the future Golf will be electric and that it will be built on the new SSP (Scalable Systems Platform). Our colleagues from Top Gear recently crossed paths with Kai Grünitz, the company’s head of technical development, and asked him what fate would await the ID.3 when the new generation Golf hits the market. His answer leaves little room for doubt: “There is not enough room to have two or three different models for the same client. We have started work on a fully electric Golf. We have concrete ideas of what it will look like, but we will see how the market evolves. ”

Goodbye ID range?

However, the arrival of the electric Golf will probably not immediately mark the end of the ID.3. In fact, Kai Grünitz added that there will be an overlap between the two modelsindicating that for an unspecified period, Volkswagen will offer these two models in the catalog.
The name “Golf” is “the heart of the brand”, as Kai Grünitz pointed out. It is also Volkswagen’s best-selling model with more than 37 million units produced since 1974. Generally speaking, the current nomenclature at Volkswagen will continue to exist.

The German manufacturer has already confirmed that the “GTI” and “R” labels will be retained, even for electric models.

Read also :
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Why will the Volkswagen group produce fewer cars in the coming weeks?
Volkswagen ID.X Performance Concept: a 550 hp electric sedan in preparation?

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