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Volkswagen’s Paris-bound concept will put the EV segment on notice

Volkswagen Paris Concept teaser
Volkswagen has published a trio of teaser images that preview a new, all-electric concept car.

The yet-unnamed concept is instantly recognizable as a member of the Volkswagen lineup thanks to familiar styling cues such as sharp headlights and a thin grille, but it takes the company’s design language in a more futuristic direction. The emblem on the front fascia boasts LED lighting, and the door mirrors have been replaced with high-definition cameras. The new look will inspired every electric Volkswagen to help differentiate them from models powered by an internal combustion engine.

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Volkswagen recently revealed that its next show car is about the same size as a Golf, yet it offers roughly as much interior space as a Passat thanks to clever packaging. Notably, an electric motor takes up considerably less space than a three- or four-cylinder engine.

We know that the concept will ride on a new modular electric platform called MEB that was inaugurated earlier this year by the retro-inspired Budd-e concept. Designed specifically to underpin electric vehicles, the platform features a totally flat battery pack that occupies almost all the space between the front and rear axle.

Additional technical specifications won’t be announced until the concept is presented. However, a slide from a presentation reveals that cars built on the MEB platform will be capable of driving anywhere between 248 and 372 miles on a single charge. That 248 figure is likely what we can expect from smaller vehicles, while 372 will only be achieved by bigger cars such as full-size sedans and crossovers capable of carrying a larger battery pack.

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Volkswagen’s next concept car will make its official debut during the Paris Auto Show in just a few short weeks. And while it’s billed as simply a design study, the Wolfsburg, Germany-based firm openly admits that the styling and the tech features will trickle down to a production model that’s set to launch either in 2018 or in 2019.

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