After VW’s disastrous diesel scandal in 2015, which the automaker still hasn’t entirely put in its rearview mirror after over three years, the automaker has gone all-in on electric vehicles. It’s shown a handful of ID electric vehicles and now, it could beat GM to the electric SUV punch with a three-row electric vehicle.
Autocar reported Monday that Volkswagen will show off an ID Lounge concept at the Shanghai Motor Show next April. The concept is said to ride on the ID Buzz Cargo electric van’s version of the MEB platform (VW’s dedicated EV architecture) and sport three rows.
We know GM has its own large SUV planned as part of its onslaught of electric vehicles on a new platform that GM CEO Mary Barra has promised will make electric cars a profitable venture. In a flowchart published last year, GM said it plans for two seven-seat electric SUVs: a regular SUV for one of its mass-market brands and a luxurious model, likely for Cadillac.
The flowchart, pictured above, describes a handful of other electric vehicles based on the unknown architecture, which includes an “expressive” low-roof car for a luxury brand and an “efficient” version of that car. Other crossovers and smaller SUVs are also in the pipeline.
The ID Lounge is said to feature proportions similar to the Volkswagen Touareg and will emphasize luxury as a range-topping electric vehicle for the brand. VW plans for an ID hatchback (Golf-sized), ID Buzz microbus, ID Crozz crossover, and ID Vizzion as well.
Both automakers have big plans for electric vehicles, though GM arguably got the jump on on VW with the Chevrolet Bolt EV and even the Volt plug-in hybrid. Alas, the Volt is not long for this world and will exit production next year. It’s unclear if the Voltec powertrain will find life elsewhere, or if GM will focus on fully electric cars going forward.