Volkswagen has revealed the ID. Life concept as an accessible, all-electric, entry-level compact crossover embodying sustainability, timeless design and innovative technologies.

Said CEO of the Volkswagen brand Ralf Brandstätter, “[This] is our vision of next-generation fully electric urban mobility.” The concept provides a preview of an ID. model in the small-car segment that the Wolfsburg car manufacturer will be launching in 2025.

Volkswagen ID. Life concept
The concept compact crossover is VW’s vision of next-generation fully electric urban mobility.

Specifically developed for the ID. Life, the emissions-free compact-crossover concept is underpinned by a smaller version of Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform. The ID. Life is the first front-wheel-drive vehicle based on the MEB architecture.

The ID. Life is minimalistic, outside and in. For the exterior design, decorative elements and add-on parts are dispensed with. The horizontal division between the bodywork and glass surfaces and roof contributes to a “purist” appearance. The removable roof, VW says, lends the ID. Life an open-air feeling and reduces mass.

Volkswagen Life concept
In the clear coat of the bodywork, wood chips are used as a natural colouring agent.

According to VW, the sustainable character of the ID. Life is reflected in the choice of materials and paint finishes. For example, in the clear coat of the bodywork, wood chips are used as a natural colouring agent along with bio-based hardener. The air chamber textiles used for the roof, meanwhile, are fashioned from 100 per cent recycled PET bottles. The tyres are made from bio-oil, natural rubber and rice husks, among others.

Volkswagen Life concept
The ID. Life concept is the first MEB-based front-wheel-drive car.

Inside, driving information is controlled via a touch panel, sited on the hexagonal steering wheel. The operating system allows for smartphone integration. The interior, VW says, can be converted into a cinema or gaming lounge “in no time at all”. Cameras and a display replace the exterior and interior mirrors.

ID. Life concept
Driving information displayed on steering wheel.

The ID. Life is powered by a single electric motor, producing 172 kW for a claimed zero to 100 km/h acceleration time of 6.9 seconds. According to VW, the ID. Life’s 57 kWh high-voltage battery enable a WLTP range of “some” 400 km.

ID. Life concept
The interior can be converted into a cinema or gaming lounge “in no time at all”.

“In creating the ID. Life, we have consistently focused on the needs of younger customers. We believe that, even more so than today, the car of the future will be about lifestyle and personal expression. The customer of tomorrow won’t simply want to get from A to B; they will be much more interested in the experiences that a car can offer. The ID. Life is our answer to this,” Brandstätter says.