Next Volkswagen Scirocco May Be a Hot EV

Volkswagen is envisioning a new Scirocco, reimagined as a sporty two-door EV coupe.

A few days ago, we brought you news of VW’s I.D. Buzz, a vehicle built on the all-electric MEB platform. Now, we learn of an upcoming Scirocco may be built on it as well.

Speaking to the folks at AutoExpress, Frank Welsch, R&D director at VW, has revealed some key aspects which would have to remain in order for the new all-electric hatchback to earn the Scirocco moniker.

“For me, we can only use [Scirocco] for a sporty two-door coupe,” Welsch said in an AutoExpress interview. “We are not clear on how we will do such a car, and are thinking whether we do an interesting concept based on our electric platform; this could be a great and fun car. We are thinking about options for a new small coupe. We are working on a concept for emotional cars. Volkswagen always has an offer for emotional cars.”

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If it makes production, there is the chance of a few different powertrains, ranging from a 170 horsepower variant all the way up to a 300 horsepower model featuring twin electric motors providing all-wheel drive.

Range is expected to be between 200 and 375 miles, depending on trim level, though this estimate is under a more liberal and unrealistic European standard.

The potential Scirocco is not planned for production until at least 2020. The current model is a fantastic take on the more conventional Golf and offered in a variety of trims ranging from a 123 horsepower base model to a smoking 276 horsepower R version.

Making the switch to EV propulsion will certainly change the nameplate’s direction, given that past Sciroccos have been less practical but stylish variants of other hatchbacks in the VW lineup. As we’ve seen umpteen times from several different manufacturers in recent years, however, there is no need for electric cars to be boring. An EV Scirocco would be an excellent addition to the fleet.

The first vehicle to be released on the MEB platform is a Golf-sized hatchback planned for the 2020 year. We imagine that if an MEB-based Scirocco does appear, it will do so at least a couple of years later.


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