New Volkswagen electric flagship on the horizon – ‘Project Trinity’ teased

Ryan Hirons
March 05, 2021

Volkswagen has teased a new all-electric flagship car, which is set to feature state-of-the-art autonomous technology when it goes on sale around 2026. Read on to find out more.

  • New all-electric flagship coming from VW
  • Four-door coupe design teased
  • Will feature autonomous driving technology
  • Set to pave the way for more electric VWs
  • ‘Radically’ new approach to production

Volkswagen has revealed it’s working an all-new flagship car – with the outcome of its so-called ‘Project Trinity’ set to serve as its ‘innovation leader’. The finished car will start production in 2026.

Volkswagen has released a new teaser image of the upcoming car, although it reveals little more than the fact the car will be long, low and likely take the shape of a four-door coupe. Think of a more luxurious, electric version of the Volkswagen Arteon and you probably won’t be wide of the mark.

Though further details on the car itself remain a mystery, the firm has outlined three headline points about its Project Trinity. (Trinity derives from trinitas in Latin, meaning the triad. See what they did there?)

Volkswagen’s Project Trinity appears to take styling cues from the ID.3 hatch (pictured here)

First, it’s said the car will be built using new underpinnings (called a platform) designed exclusively for electric cars, and one that will serve as the backbone for more new vehicles down the line. VW wants to set new standards for range and charging speed with this new car too, as well as ‘digitalisation’, though it hasn’t elaborated exactly what the latter point entails.

Project Trinity will be crammed with autonomous technology too. Volkswagen says it will be ‘level 2+’ at launch, meaning features like driver monitoring and adaptive cruise control that’ll assist your steering inputs will feature as a bare minimum, with the car being ‘level 4 ready’ later on. That would mean full self-driving capabilities.

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Finally, Volkswagen is planning to overhaul its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, to build electric vehicles in a ‘highly efficient and economical way’.

This teaser is the only image of the new car VW has released – so far…

Another teaser image showing a CGI car under a virtual blanket has also been released. It appears to show the car as having a front end inspired by the Volkswagen ID.3 hatch, with bulbous headlights flanking a thin full-width light strip, as well a sleek, long body style.

A pair of unusually short wing mirrors on each side suggests the new car will come with rear-facing cameras that beam live video feed to inboard screens – just like on the larger Audi e-tron.

It’s unclear at this point if the resulting car will form part of the ID. lineup or start a new model line, though. Keep your eyes peeled for more news on this one.

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