It’s a small EV with enough personality to keep going for nearly 250 miles.

Volkswagen’s ID.LIFE concept car looks like a toy car.

The EV was presented late Wednesday at the IAA Mobility 2021 auto show in Munich, Germany, where its lit-up front “grille” and backside and illuminated doors were part of a noticeably smaller package than the usual electric SUVs and crossovers popular with consumers.

The German automaker scaled back on design with a smaller, lighter car that only has front-wheel drive (usually it’s in the back). Don’t worry, the vehicle can still move quickly, with the electric motor accelerating it from 0 to 62 mph in under 7 seconds.

Looking cute from all angles!

Looking cute from all angles! Credit: Volkswagen

Though compact, it’s still an electric car with a 62 kWh battery that can handle up to 249 miles on a single charge.

The inside of the car is a place to be entertained, play games, or relax — all centered around the extendable projector screen, removable roof, and foldable seats. A touchscreen on the hexagonal steering wheel provides all necessary driving information.

Sparse interior.

Sparse interior. Credit: Volkswagen

There’s even a cute mini-frunk (a front trunk) next to the charging ports. VW says the battery will be compatible with fast-charging systems.

Even if small, it's still a frunk.

Even if small, it’s still a frunk. Credit: Volkswagen

Some future version of the car is geared for an urban European customer with a 20,000 Euro starting price (that’s $23,675) by 2025. The toy-looking car presented this week is not yet for sale.


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