Three SUVs, a hatchback and a minivan – that’s what Volkswagen currently offers for its purely electric ID. line up. A sedan will follow in the second half of 2023, initially in China, but in the meantime some testing still needs to be done. A near-production prototype has been spotted wandering the streets of Germany while wearing clever camouflage to fool the untrained eye. Fortunately, we know better.
With rumors of the Passat sedan going the way of the dodo for a next-generation wagon-only model, the ID. Aero could be promoted as its indirect replacement. It won’t be Volkswagen’s first electric sedan considering the e-Lavida has been around in China for a while, but it will be the first zero-emission sedan from VW’s flagship brand with global availability. To get an idea of its design, look no further than the recently introduced ID. aerodynamic conceptwhich in itself is an evolution of the Identification 2018. Vision.
The prototype seen here looks awkward due to its faux design cues after applying decals to the headlights, grille, and taillights to make it look like a jetta. The hilariously fake exhaust tips are meant to give the illusion of a test vehicle equipped with a combustion engine. The jury is still out on whether it will be a traditional sedan or a more practical liftback, but we hope it will be the latter.
We know it’s going to be a pretty big car, as the updated concept was nearly 16 feet long. A wagon derivative seems like an educated guess considering VW showed the ID. Space vision at the end of 2019.
Of the few specifications published by VW on the ID. Aero, we know the concept sat on 22-inch wheels and had sleek bodywork with a relatively low coefficient of drag of 0.23. The European model will have a range of 620 kilometers (385 miles) on the WLTP cycle, but as is often the case, the equivalent EPA rating for the US-spec model will be lower.
Another piece of the puzzle that we are currently missing is the official name of the production model. Logic tells us that it will be called ID.7 since VW is already selling a ID.6 three-row SUV in China, where Audi has an equivalent Q5 E-tron. A potential ID.8 has already been hinted at indirectly since plans for an Atlas-sized electric SUV were revealed a year ago.
At the other end of the power line, VW is planning an entry-level EV for a 2025 launch to replace the e-up! and have a tentative sale price of €20,000.
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