Volkswagen ID.7: Electrical Passat alternative set to tackle Tesla Mannequin 3

After a teaser marketing campaign longer than the Iliad, the Volkswagen ID.7 all-electric sedan has lastly been absolutely revealed and detailed.

With the next-generation Passat set to develop into a wagon-only mannequin, the Volkswagen ID.7 is about to develop into the model’s international mid-size mannequin. Australian availability has but to be confirmed.

Because of its flat underbody and aerodynamic five-door liftback physique, the ID.7 has a drag coefficient of 0.23.

Stated to be round 5.0 metres in size, and using on a wheelbase about 3.0m lengthy, the ID.7 has the most important footprint of any Volkswagen EV up to now.

At launch, the ID.7 shall be out there in a sole single-motor rear-wheel drive configuration with the brand new in-house-developed AP550 motor. Making 210kW and 545Nm, it’s the strongest electrical motor provided up to now on the Volkswagen MEB all-electric structure.

Volkswagen says the 0-100km/h time shall be round in 6.0 seconds with the lightest battery pack.

Down the monitor, a GTX model of the ID.7 is more likely to characteristic this motor paired with a much less highly effective motor up entrance to generate round 290kW in complete.

Along with the extra highly effective motor, the ID.7 additionally ushers in revised electrical elements for the MEB structure, with fast-charging speeds now topping out at 200kW, fairly than the 170kW max velocity seen on the ID.Buzz, and the 125kW restrict on earlier fashions.

The Professional S trim in Europe additionally comes with a 86kWh battery pack, the most important but seen on an MEB automobile, with an estimated WLTP driving vary of 700km.

The acquainted 77kWh battery from different Volkswagen ID fashions can also be out there, and that is stated to offer 615km of driving between costs.

Mirroring the updates beneath the pores and skin, the ID.7 additionally contains a revised inside interface with a a lot bigger 15.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. It not solely options an up to date consumer interface with configurable shortcut buttons and local weather controls all the time seen on the backside of the display, however is paired with capacitive sliders which are illuminated at evening.

Some unloved parts of latest Volkswagens stay, although, together with capacitive buttons on the steering wheel, and window switches that require a button press to alternate between entrance and rear window management.

Out there options within the ID.7 embody an augmented actuality head-up show, adaptive Climatronic entrance seats with heating, cooling, and drying capabilities, a 700W 14-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system with boot-mounted subwoofer, and a panoramic glass roof that may be electrically switched from clear to opaque.

When fitted with the Journey Help characteristic, the ID.7 can carry out assisted lane adjustments at as much as 90km/h when prompted. The automobile can also be able to automated parking that may monitored from both contained in the automobile, or exterior the automobile by way of a smartphone app.

The ID.7 is about to be out there in Europe and China from the third quarter of 2023, and within the US a while in 2024. European and US fashions shall be in-built Emden, Germany, whereas Chinese language automobiles shall be constructed regionally.

Though official pricing has but to be confirmed, within the UK the ID.7 is predicted to start out at round £50,000 ($92,000), which is greater than the £42,000 Tesla Mannequin 3 RWD with 490km vary, however about line-ball with the Mannequin 3 Lengthy-Vary AWD variant with about 600km vary.