The Auto Shanghai 2017 event taking place during the second half of April will include a major novelty from the German automaker in the form of a preview for an all-electric SUV coming after 2020.
This is the second MEB-based vehicle scheduled to arrive in the VW electric strategy – the new “Modular Electric Drive kit” is the VW AG’s response to the Dieselgate scandal in the form of an electric platform designed to support a variety of all-electric models. The second vehicle will join the mainstream version of the hatchback previewed by the I.D. Concept showcased during the 2016 Paris Motor Show. This second iteration of the MEB platform will be revealed in the most popular category these days – SUVs. Klaus Bischoff revealed the model will be on display in a prototype form during the second half of April at Auto Shanghai 2017 and then become a road-going version early next decade.
He also added the SUV didn’t come to NAIAS because the Detroit show is a great venue to see if people would be interested in the reinterpretation in modern electric queue of the legendary Minibus. Of course, these two MEB products are just part of the VW Group overall strategy for electrics, as the company intends to sell one million EVs by 2025. Reports are claiming an EV flagship to surpass the Phaeton is also in the cards – though coming in after the hatchback and the SUV.