Volkswagen developing 'Project Trinity' flagship EV

Volkswagen has provided the first details about its upcoming flagship electric car, which is being developed under the codename 'Project Trinity'.

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Derek Fung
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Volkswagen is developing a new range-topping model with advanced driver assistance technology and, likely, riding on an all-electric architecture being developed by Porsche and Audi.

Ralf Brandstätter, the head of the Volkswagen brand, provided a few clues about the new car in a post on LinkedIn.

According Brandstätter, Project Trinity will feature a “highly efficient flat seat concept with an iconic design”.

If the car under the sheet is indicative of the final product, the new model will follow the styling trend laid out by the ID.3 hatch and ID.4 crossover with a flowing silhouette punctuated by a few sharp creases.

It looks to be a hatch or wagon of some description, meaning its main target market will be Europe.

Under the skin Project Trinity will ride on a new “state-of-the-art flat-panel electrical platform”.

Given the company’s self-proclaimed status as a “global toolkit champion”, it seems likely the car will be based on the PPE (Premium Platform Electric), engineering for which is being led by Audi and Porsche.

At launch the car will have Level 2+ autonomous driving with “neural boost” capabilities, and has been engineered to be Level 4 capable.

Brandstätter says the car will employ a new “radically new production approach” using an “innovative, fully networked” process, although he didn’t go into detail about what this entails.

Project Trinity will be built in Wolfsburg, Volkswagen’s home town, rather than Zwickau where the ID.3 and ID.4 are currently made.

It’s unknown if the new car will stick to the brand’s ID naming convention, which has so far been applied only to vehicles riding on the more affordable MEB platform.

MORE: Everything Volkswagen


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