New Volkswagen electric flagship on the horizon – ‘Project Trinity’ teased
Volkswagen is working on a new all-electric flagship car, which is set to feature state-of-the-art autonomous technology. Read on to find out more.
- New all-electric flagship coming from VW
- 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’.
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?)
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.
Finally, Volkswagen is planning to overhaul its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, to build electric vehicles in a ‘highly efficient and economical way’.
As for the car itself, the only glimpse offered is a silhouette hiding under a draped sheet. It appears to have 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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