Volkswagen has set its sights on a more streamlined manufacturing network, aiming to simplify the production processes for its electric models. By streamlining its factories and eliminating complex production components, Volkswagen is poised to create new vehicle models, including a small crossover that will enter the urban model arena.
A New Electric Volkswagen in the Making
This yet-to-be-disclosed mini model is slated to be produced at the Wolfsburg factory in Volkswagen’s homeland. This compact A-segment represents models like the petite Volkswagen Up! in the VW lineup. The upcoming electric model is expected to join this league of compact vehicles. Expanding this segment makes sense, as more than half of all crossovers sold predominantly navigate city streets.
Production is scheduled to commence in 2026. This new addition to the assembly line will stand alongside vehicles like the ID.3, the iconic Golf, and the latest generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan. With the impending introduction of the new SSP platform, it’s highly likely that the mini crossover will be built upon this architecture. One of the first models to utilize this platform is expected to be the electric Golf.
Rethinking Compact Hatchbacks: What’s Next?
Christian Vollmer, a member of the Volkswagen board, has confirmed that Volkswagen is actively working on simplifying its production processes. The new SSP platform is poised to play a significant role in this endeavor. Currently, the Volkswagen Group operates in 119 locations worldwide. Part of the process involves relocating the production of various models to facilities where similar vehicles are being manufactured. Production lines will become more specialized, shedding their universal nature in favor of enhanced efficiency.
Speculation abounds regarding the new mini model, with some suggesting it may be based on the recently unveiled ID.2all platform. This platform was initially conceived as a standard small urban hatchback. Size-wise, it’s intended to fit below the ID.3 model, just like the enigmatic newcomer. Could Volkswagen capitalize on the excitement generated by the ID.2all and introduce a higher-riding sibling to complement its urban EV lineup?