Volkswagen has announced that it will present a new electric model during the next CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, to be held early next year. At the moment the brand has not revealed any details of the vehicle in question beyond confirming that the exposed unit will be camouflaged, so it will be a pre-production car, not a concept car.
Everything indicates that it will be the definitive version of the ID prototype. AERO, a saloon called to replace the long-lived Passat. Like the ID.4, the ID. AERO (whose final name could be ID.7 or ID.6 Sedan to differentiate itself from the SUV of the same name) will be a global car that will be sold in the three main markets of the world (China, the United States, and Europe).
It will launch the MEB+ modular platform, an updated version of the well-known MEB. Although it will maintain its 400-volt electrical system, it will incorporate a series of important improvements compared to the current architecture that will be reflected both in the range and in the charging times of the car.
Initially, it will equip 77 kWh batteries with which it will certify a WLTP range of 620 km. Later the range will be completed with two other packs of 58 kWh (500 km WLTP) and 89 kWh (700 km WLTP) respectively. These good range will be possible thanks to its worked aerodynamic coefficient of just 0.23.
The VW ID. AERO will offer up to 700 kilometers of WLTP range
As for the charge, the 77 kWh model should reach 170 kW in direct current (5-80% in 30 minutes), while the 89 kWh model will reach 200 kW. Of course, it will be available in both rear-wheel drive and 4MOTION all-wheel drive versions. The offer will be crowned by the high-performance variant GTX, which will exceed 300 CV.
Like the restyling of the ID.3, the ID. AERO will display an evolution of the design language of the ID family, resulting in a soberer than its range brothers. In the cabin, the leading role will be taken by the new digital instrumentation, larger than in ID.3 and ID.4.
Like the Passat and Arteon, it will replace, the ID. AERO will be available with two bodies (sedan and station wagon). Since it will fit into the D segment (medium sedans), among its rivals will be the Hyundai IONIQ 6 and Tesla Model 3. Although the European units will be assembled in Emden (Germany), they will also be manufactured in China. It is not yet clear if it will also be made at the Chattanooga (United States) plant.