Compact Audi Electric Car To Use VW MEB Platform

DEC 12 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 29

VW Group execs have revealed that a new Audi A3-sized EV concept will be revealed soon.

Yet another huge announcement from Volkswagen Group. According to AutoExpress, an Audi entry-level electric hatchback concept is about to be unveiled in a few months. VW plans to offer 12 new all-electric vehicles by 2025, and the new small Audi joins the list.

AutoExpress spoke with Audi head exterior designer Andreas Mindt at the recent LA Auto Show. He reminded that upcoming Audi pure-electric cars would follow in the footsteps of more conventional ICE cars, to appeal to more customers. Although he said that grabbing EV fans/early adopters is a goal as well. Mindt shared (via AutoExpress):

You can design for the early adopters or you can design for the mainstream customer as well – we want to catch both. There are a lot of people out there who just want a good looking car, they are not interested if it’s an EV or a conventionally powered car – in a coupe of months we will show you a first draft.

He also talked about the challenges involved in dealing with a compact electric vehicle, which we’ve seen related to the Tesla Model 3:

A super sports car that is low and wide is easy to design, like a penalty shot without a goal keeper but an electric car that is low and sleek is a harder task. To make a small car look nice which is cheap for mass production is a very hard task.

While the all-new Audi e-tron SUV rides on the company’s new MLB platform and the upcoming e-tron GT is based on the same J1 architecture as the Porsche Taycan, this new electric hatch will share VW Group’s new MEB platform with cars like the VW I.D. hatch. It will have a potential range of over 370 miles.

Source: AutoExpress

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29 Comments on "Compact Audi Electric Car To Use VW MEB Platform"

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Electric A1 plz. No flash stuff, jut give us the current trim with 250km range, Apple Carplay and we’re good.

Want.

That wont work … you see, it’s not a coincidence that Tesla has not made any 35K car yet … the same reason will apply to the legacy OEM’s. They will all start with the more expensive higher margin cars. It’s understandable why … once they scale up, here we go with cheaper models.

Another Euro point of view

A reasonably dimensioned hatchback seems a good proposition, big SUV fashion and EVs do somewhat collide, too little range for many.

I thought the MEB platform was designed to be RWD or AWD, not FWD. Am I wrong? Can it do all three?

yes it will be RWD. Autoexpress keeps repeating the same mistake…

Fixed. Thank you.

RWD = FUN to drive. A Drivers car.

AWD can be pretty fun too. Especially with tyre-shredding torque.

A4/A6 avant, Audi. Not all families live far on the hills to need a SUV. A spacious asphalt car would be great.

So another overpriced VW… Next /

But, better interior and suspension?

No, just more expensive. Like the clutch BTW.

The same goes for almost everything
Apple iPhone, just another overpriced smartphone…
tommy hilfiger, ralph lauren, lacoste t shirt, just another overpriced t shirt
nike, adidas running shoes, just another overpriced running shoes
….
Sometimes there are no differences in quality but you like the brand …
😉

Let me guess – available in about 2 years…

hahahahahaha. and in 2 years they’ll announce 2 more years

And how long have those who reserved a Model 3 on Day 1 in Europe had to wait? It will be three years if not well beyond that for those who want a RHD version. It isn’t only VAG that make this sort of promise you know.
Any EV that can get from Announcement to shipping to customers in under a year is going to get a thumbs up from me.

On the other 🤚: there are almost 140 000 Model 3 on the road now.

And VW announced the MEB platform in 2016 and so far hasn’t deviated form the dates they announced then for vehicles based on that.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

“You can design for the early adopters or you can design for the mainstream customer as well – we want to catch both. There are a lot of people out there who just want a good looking car, they are not interested if it’s an EV or a conventionally powered car – in a coupe of months we will show you a first draft.”

Glad that manufacturers are beginning to figure it out.

PS The Model S was designed in 2009.

But Model X is designed in what? 2013? So, a step backward since it is so freaking ugly?

The X was designed for efficiency. It will be a long time, till we see a car that big from another carmaker with the same efficiency.

Based on what Audi did with the e-Tron SUV, the A3 e-Tron will look just like a an ICE A3.

A positive for most mainstream car purchasers.

Nope, it will look just like the ID. Neo — the same way the A3 looks just like the Golf.

Guess what! I’m announcing I’m going to be making a really amazing great looking compact car, super sporty and cheap and it will have greater than 450 miles range. It will redefine electric motoring as we know it. Take that Audi, your announcement is inferior!

This will run only on screen like a GIF image, not on roads.

You have no idea. VW Group will release dozens of EV models from 2019-2025.

The e-tron SUV will be handed over to first customers in early 2019 in Europe.

Have you seen the new Brussels factory (in person) or read about their EV investments?

I doubt it when you make comments like these…

If it does then the EV “revolution” is dead. If major manufacturers don’t get behind it in the next few years it’s going to stay a niche player in a wider ICE market.