Volkswagen has been spotted with an experimental mule for a large electric SUV that uses the temporary body of a Tiguan to hide its new mechanics.
The Tiguan Body is the long-wheelbase version we find standard in the United States, but if you look closely you will notice that both the B- and C-pillars have been widened. A longer fender between the front axle and the windshield also indicates extra width.
According to our photographer, the test mule was running silently. The “Elektrofahrzeug” label on the body, which stands for “electric vehicle” in German, also indicates that we are actually operating an electric SUV.
The car’s potential identity is a medium-sized electric SUV called the ID.8. The Volkswagen Group last July unveiled a new strategy to guide automakers towards the end of the decade.
Possible Volkswagen ID.8 Experimental Mule Spy Shot – Photo Credit: S. Baldauff / SB-Median
Although the strategy outlines excessive planning that will transform the automaker into a manufacturer of fully electric vehicles capable of software-led, autonomous driving, a specific model was mentioned in a speech by CEO Herbert Dice on the same day. Most of the models mentioned have already been announced but one, a Volkswagen ID.8, was mentioned for the first time. In his speech, a text version of which was posted on his personal LinkedIn page, Dice confirmed plans to sit in the same section as VW’s Atlas for an electric SUV.
No further details were mentioned, but compared to the Atlas, we can expect the ID.8 to be a medium-sized SUV with a third-row seat. The ID name also refers to vehicles using the VW Group’s MEB electric vehicle platform for mainstream models.
The VW already has two ID-badged mid-size SUVs, the related ID.6 X and ID.6 Crozz. They were released during Auto Shanghai 2021 and sold only in China. At 192 inches long, they were probably considered too short for US The ID.8, if it came close to the 200-inch length of the atlas, it was a good bet for our market.
The ID family currently includes ID.3 hatches, ID.4 and ID.5 crossovers, and the recently released ID.Buzz minivan. In addition to the ID.8 SUV, we expect to have at least one model under ID.3 and an ID.6 to replace the Passat sedan. We can also see a wagon version of ID.7 with ID.6 badge. Stay tuned.