Volkswagen has released an intriguing new teaser of its forthcoming electric sedan, set to be previewed through a pre-production study dubbed the ID. AERO on June 27.
According to VW, the sedan will compete in the “high-volume upper-middle class segment” with the concept to spawn a production model that will first launch in China in the second half of 2023. Volkswagen said that a production model will follow for the North American and European markets later in 2023, with more details to be announced at a later stage.
Underpinning the vehicle is the automaker’s MEB platform and its exterior design takes influence from other VW ID models, including the ID.4 and ID. Buzz.
This design sketch shows that the concept will be presented with a complex LED taillight array incorporating a full-width light bar. We can also see that the ID. AERO has a large glass canopy complemented by silver pillars. Given that it is a study, VW has been able to design it without any door handles. It has also been previewed with a set of large silver and black wheels very similar to those worn by recent prototypes of the car we’ve come to call the Aero B.
Volkswagen says that the ID. AERO concept measures five meters (197 inches) in length making it not only longer than the North American Passat (4,870mm / 191.7 inches), but the BMW 5 Series (4,943 mm / 194.6 inches) as well. The latest teaser comes three months after a sketch of the car’s front was shown during a presentation revealing a full-width LED light bar, aggressive air intakes, and a sculpted bumper.
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Technical specifications about the concept have not yet been shared. However, given that it will use VW’s MEB platform, previous reports have indicated it will have an 84 kWh battery pack that should give the sedan a range of up to 435 miles (700 km) on the WLTP test cycle. It is likely that the production model will be offered in rear- and all-wheel drive configurations making use of the same electric motors as other ID models.
A number of prototypes spied on the road in recent months paint a far more subdued picture for the production model with a less exciting design than the concept sketches suggest, something we’ve become accustomed to from most automakers. A Shooting Brake variant of the EV is also expected though we don’t know if it will be offered in all markets.
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