Volkswagen ID.Aero is almost ready, in China in 2023

Volkswagen ID.Aero is almost ready, in China in 2023

Volkswagen ID.Aero is almost ready

The electric sedan market is starting to get really tough, and Tesla will have to watch its back from very fierce opponents such as Hyundai and Volkswagen: in the last few days, the Korean house has unveiled the design of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 - of which one will also be unveiled shortly sports version of the 'N' range - and Volkswagen has also responded in kind, unveiling the design of its ID.Aero, which is expected to be released on the market in the second half of 2023 in China, and then also in Europe and on the markets North Americans.

The diffused images still refer to a concept stage, but judging by the lines that we can see, the final version will not be very different; Volkswagen's modus operandi is now quite well known, and when we see such traditional concepts we know that we are faced with a design that is practically already definitive and approved.

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The interior, on the other hand, is still a great secret, even if it is difficult to imagine revolutionary or diametrically different interiors compared to those of the other ID models.

As for autonomy and specifications, a lot of information is still missing: we know that the ID.Aero will have a aerodynamic coefficient of 0.23, a length of about 5 meters and a range close to 600 km. No details are available regarding the engine or battery packs offered for the new ID.Aero.

Volkswagen ID. Aero Concept Identified as VW’s First Electric Sedan

The newly revealed ID. Aero concept previews Volkswagen’s first all-electric sedan, according to the German automaker. Looking like a lowered and slightly elongated version of the (not-for-North-America) ID.5 — itself a coupified ID.4 — the ID. Aero will be sold in China, Europe and the U.S., despite the latter market demonstrating a distinct distaste for sedans.

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“With the ID. Aero show car, we are revealing a preview of the next member of our electric vehicle family. It’s a car with an emotional and at the same time extremely aerodynamic design, a range of more than [373 miles], an extraordinary amount of space and a premium interior,” Ralf Brandstatter, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, said in a statement.

According to VW, the ID. Aero rides on the same architecture as its other EVs and should live up to its “Aero” name with an extremely low coefficient of drag of 0.23. Range is estimated to be roughly 385 miles based on European testing, though official EPA numbers are often lower.

Few other details about the ID. Aero have been revealed. According to VW, it rides on 22-inch wheels and uses a 77-kilowatt-hour battery pack (identical to the ID.4’s pack). It’s just over 16 feet long, a bit longer than the ID.4 but about the same length as the departing Passat sedan. In true concept-car fashion, the ID. Aero eschews traditional door handles for touch surfaces. It’s unclear just how much of the concept will survive into production, but it is, for the most part, a production-ready vehicle. Of course, we also haven’t seen a single glimpse of the interior, something production cars are usually required to have.

Stay tuned for more details about the ID. Aero as it evolves into another EV in Volkswagen’s U.S. lineup, joining the ID.4 SUV and ID.Buzz van.

Editor’s note: This story was updated July 5, 2022, to reflect the ID.4’s battery pack has the same net rating as the ID. Aero.

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