Volkswagen ID concept

Volkswagen ID sketch by Akos Szaz

When it was revealed at the 2016 Paris motor show, the Volkswagen ID tended to underwhelm. Designed to provide a milestone in electric and autonomous vehicle design – ranked by VW as a watershed alongside the Beetle and Golf – it looked like nothing so significant. Indeed it seemed more like a hurried attempt to create something to deflect attention away from the company’s Dieselgate blunders.

We’ve since seen the ID’s boxy, minimalist form language spread out across a family of potential EVs including the ID Buzz minibus, ID Crozz crossover and the upcoming ID Vizzion people carrier.

Volkswagen ID sketch by Akos Szaz Volkswagen ID sketch by Akos Szaz

The ID did seem a little bland at first sight, but perhaps with a little distance it’s now possible to better appreciate the good points – an excellent ratio between road footprint and usable interior space as well as a clean, post-combustion form language that doesn’t depend on an imposing grille.

The sketches shown here are the work of exterior designers Akos Szaz and László Fogarasi-Benkő, with help from lighting designer Sandra Sturmat. All have the look of images created after the fact, accurately conveying all of the features of the show car. The small oblong object on the front fender is not a side repeater, by the way – it’s a rear-view camera.

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