Exterior design – the shape defines the character
Crossover proportions reinterpreted. The design of the ID. LIFE sets clear priorities in the areas of sustainability and digitalisation. The design shapes the very character of the five-door hatchback for the small car segment: muscular proportions and reduced complexity produce a reinterpretation of the appearance that is typical of crossover models in this vehicle class. The monolithically designed body has no decorative elements or add-on parts, and this in itself underscores the sustainable character of the vehicle concept. The clear structure of the exterior is also enhanced by the horizontal division between the vehicle body, glass surfaces and roof.
Innovative air-chamber textile.
The front bonnet and roof consist of a two-layer air-chamber textile that is attached to the body with zip fasteners and can be removed as required. This innovative solution gives the ID. LIFE a distinctive design accentuation and includes the option of patterns and colour schemes that can be individually selected. The lightweight roof with its air chamber elements enables open-air pleasure in the style of a Targa model, not only providing weather protection but also reducing vehicle weight.
Light panel on the front.
At the front of the ID. LIFE, a translucent surface takes up the space normally reserved for the headlights and radiator grille in conventional vehicles. In the day design, this surface features three circles in satin-finished glass and the connecting light line, which are distinctive for the brand and show a modern interpretation of the familiar Volkswagen face. The two outer circles, truncated at the top and bottom, comprise the parking light and daytime running light, while the centre circle accommodates the illuminated brand logo. In its night design, the functional lights in matrix LED technology are switched on additionally behind the translucent surface. The rear presents the same light graphics as at the front. Here the light source located centrally in the two outer circles performs the brake light function.
Harmonious design makes it likeable.
The rear view of the ID. LIFE is structured by horizontal lines. The design of the front section is repeated at the rear with the tail light cluster graphic and its arrangement on a backlit panel with the brand logo at the centre. The contours of the front and rear apron and also in the area of the side sills feature a matching trapezoidal shape that creates brand recognition and emphasises the harmony of the design. A character line running above the door handles suggests a playful lightness in the body design which results from a vibrant upward sweep in the rear door area. This gives the appearance of the ID. LIFE an exceptionally engaging, likeable character for a crossover model – with a pleasantly restrained aura that does without superficial ornamentation.