Volkswagen never teased a new car early in the game, showcasing the Trinity in March 2021 even though the EV isn’t slated for release until 2026. As it turns out, the original launch date may have been pushed back if we relied on a new report by Manager Magazine. European Automotive News quotes an article published this week by the monthly German business magazine about how Trinity’s flagship car has been delayed for several years.
Newly appointed VW Group CEO Oliver Blume allegedly made the decision to delay the swoopy sedan until 2030. It seems that the setback has to do with the software as the company’s top brass believed it would not be ready in time. As a refresher, Trinity will offer a WLTP range of 700 kilometers (435 miles) and drive the VW Group’s new Scalable Systems Platform, designed to support Level 4 self-driving systems. Vehicle rumors
According to the same report, this is not the only drastic decision Blume has taken as plans for a new factory appear to have been scrapped. Back in March, VW announced plans to build a new €2 billion assembly facility near the main factory in Wolfsburg to accommodate the new wave of next-generation EVs, starting with Trinity 2026. Construction of the carbon neutral plant was supposed to start next spring according to the official announcement, but now his future looks uncertain.
Manager Magazine got internal messages sent to employees about how the company “is currently taking the opportunity to look at all projects and investments and check their feasibility.” However, a VW spokesperson declined to comment on the matter. The German business magazine has the good authority that the SSP architecture will no longer make its debut with the Wolfsburg plant for the swoopy Trinity sedan as originally planned.
As a final note, software issues have also delayed the next-generation electric Porsche Macan. The original plan was to sell a zero-emission crossover in 2023 but that has been pushed back by about 12 months.