Volkswagen is trying hard to put the diesel cheating scandal behind them, and one of the ways to shift consumer focus is by revealing design sketches of its battery electric car a week before the Paris Motor Show.
The illustrations show a five-door hatchback with a low, ground hugging stance and a rear roofline that extends out beyond the tailgate.
Since there is no combustion engine that takes up space in the front, the nose is short and lacks a traditional grille.
Sliding rear doors, a glass roof and wildly styled wheels are all marks of a concept vehicle and likely will not see production.
The production model of the car will be the first to use Volkswagen’s new modular platform design for electric cars called Modular Electric Model (MEB), which can be adapted for vehicles from a subcompact to a full-size luxury sedan and everything in between.
When the EV concept debuts in Paris, it will be similar in size to the company’s Golf hatchback, but the MEB platform packaging for electric vehicles gives interior space that rivals the larger Passat.
Earlier, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller told British publication Autocar that the car will be capable of traveling between 250 and 300 miles on a single charge, with charging “only taking 15 minutes.”
Scheduled for release in 2019, the as-yet-named electric car will be followed by a crossover, a luxury sedan and a sports car.
Volkswagen has gone heavy with marketing hyperbole stating that the new EV concept will be as “revolutionary as the Beetle was seven decades ago” and “has the potential to make history.”
Those lofty goals can only be meet if the car looks and performs better than any rival might produce.