The first I.D. concept, introduced last year during the fall Paris Motor Show has been swiftly followed at the 2017 NAIAS by the I.D. Buzz, a second concept – previewing the company’s intention to establish a complete new family of electric cars.
There are talks of more prototypes to come in the following period – first an I.D. SUV during Auto Shanghay in April and then a proper electric sports car. Returning to the I.D. concept, the Golf-sized hatchback was promising Passat-like interior space and should come in production series form by the end of the decade. But according to the latest buzz off the rumor mill, it could even have a flagship GTI version. VW’s sales and marketing boss, Jürgen Stackmann, has hinted during an interview on the sidelines of the Detroit Auto Show the GTI formula will undergo future changes and electrification would still deliver “an exhilarating, fun to own, fun to drive car.”
He even added modern EV technology comes with the right ingredients for performance models – including all-wheel drive sports cars, and we’re not against the notion – such models already exist, like the fastest accelerating sedan in the world, the Tesla Model S P100D. Christian Senger, vice president of the brand’s G4 eMobility product line, also backed the notion during CES, where he referred to an incoming family of hotter EVs, including in AWD configuration. Though we’re still wondering how VW’s GTI badge – which stands for Grand Tourer Injection – would fit the bill of electrification.
Via Auto Express