Volkswagen is pulling the duvet off the ID.7 flagship electrical car that goals to rescue the sedan from the dustbin of car historical past. After teasing it on the Shopper Electronics Present earlier this yr, the ID.7 is making its official debut on the Shanghai Auto Present immediately.
VW remains to be protecting some key particulars beneath wraps; crucially, we nonetheless don’t understand how a lot it should price. That can assist reply the query as as to if the ID.7 can dethrone the Tesla Mannequin 3 as one of many top-selling EVs on the planet. Gross sales of the ID.7 will begin in China later this yr, adopted by the US in 2024.
As a sedan, the ID.7 has loads going for it, together with a roomy inside, spectacular aerodynamics, and a wholesome quantity of vary. An 86kWh battery is predicted to propel the ID.7 to roughly 700 kilometers (435 miles) of vary primarily based on the WLTP customary, whereas the smaller 77kWh battery can get a good 615km (382 miles). (The EPA-based vary will possible be much less.)
The ID.7 will have the ability to take much more cost than VW’s ID.4 crossover SUV. Whereas that EV can settle for as much as 125kW of DC quick charging, the ID.7 can take as much as 170kW of quick charging, whereas the later ID.7 Professional S model will have the ability to settle for 200kW. The ID.7 will even have a extra highly effective drivetrain than the ID.4, in a position to churn out 282 horsepower as in comparison with the latter’s 201 hp.
The ID.7 relies on the ID Aero idea, which was revealed final yr as a mannequin destined for manufacturing in China. Just like the idea, the brand new EV will likely be constructed on VW’s modular electrical drive matrix (MEB), which additionally undergirds different ID fashions, just like the ID.4 and ID Buzz. And it’ll function an ultra-low drag coefficient of 0.235, which places it on par with the luxurious electrical German autos, just like the BMW i4 and Mercedes-Benz EQS. The following-gen MEB will function a platform for the ID.2all, a extra inexpensive, sub-$27,000 hatchback EV.
The ID.7 additionally has the potential to select up the mantle from the Passat, which has struggled to maintain up with the bigger, heavier automobiles in VW’s lineup. The Arteon presents as a souped-up Passat, which may open the door for sportier intentions from the ID.7. Maybe we’ll get an R-Line model someplace down the road.
And whereas it might be a sedan, it’s nonetheless bigger than a Passat or Arteon. The ID.7 is 195.3 inches (4,961mm) lengthy, driving on a 116.8in (2,966mm) wheelbase. A 532-liter baggage compartment needs to be ample room for passengers and cargo alike. And the ID.7 is 73.3in (1,862mm) extensive (with out exterior mirrors) and 60.6in (1,538mm) tall, giving it an total form that’s longer and taller than a Tesla Mannequin 3.
Two battery sizes and a silhouette that outclasses the Tesla Mannequin 3
Among the greatest updates might be discovered contained in the ID.7, the place VW has reimagined its cockpit design to incorporate an augmented actuality heads-up show. The digital gauge cluster is embedded within the dashboard behind the steering wheel. And bodily buttons are persevering with to be a factor of the previous, with VW routing most of its controls by a central touchscreen (regardless of prospects repeatedly expressing their desire for extra tactile controls).
The 15-inch landscape-oriented display has a brand-new menu system that retains heating and cooling controls in addition to seat air flow on show always. Haptic sliders beneath the display management the temperature, whereas a heated steering wheel might be turned on utilizing voice activation.
The ID.7’s glossy form is designed to scale back drag, enhance vitality consumption, and provides the car an extended stride than others in its class. The form is exclusive in one other vital means: it’s a sedan. Whereas most American automakers have eradicated sedans from their lineup in favor of heavier, higher-riding vans and SUVs, European and Asian auto firms are persevering with to churn out new variations within the hopes of successful over prospects who nonetheless favor a smaller car.
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