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Volkswagen GTI moniker to go fully electric by 2020

January 24, 2017, 04:39 PM IST by Venkat Desirazu
Volkswagen GTI moniker to go fully electric by 2020

The heat of the Diesel Gate scandal seems to be wearing off Volkswagen thanks to its new efforts to distance itself from fossil fuels. As a part of its future plans, it will go full electric and plans to have at least one new electric vehicle in the segment where it has a presence. The latest to join the bandwagon will be the German automaker’s high-performance GTI moniker. 

Images of the new hatchback, expected to be called I.D GTI, have surfaced and it looks like the best of what the automaker has achieved till date and the start of where it will go from here. The vehicle in the photos is a Golf-sized car and sports the familiar red stripes of the GTI brand but with the headlamp design, face and wheels of the new MEB underpinned I.D model. We can see that it sits low to the ground and will be proper five-seater with a big boot. 

The new MEB underpinning means this is expected to spawn multiple body styles, sizes and drive options (FWD, as well as AWD, is expected to be on the cards). What makes this car so interesting is the fact that it predicts the future of hot hatches and gives us an indication of where performance motoring will be in the future. 

It may have taken the wrongful actions of one big manufacturer to finally bring electric power to the forefront but is better late than never. Like the first GTI set the standard for what to expect of hot hatchbacks, this I.D GTI will be expected to do no less in the modern era.


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