Volkswagen ID.7 electric sedan makes debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The production version of the ID.Aero concept will be available in the second quarter of 2023.
The ID.7 closely resembles the ID.Aero concept from June 2022, featuring an aerodynamic silhouette with a few modifications for production, such as simpler LED lighting, larger mirror caps, redesigned bumpers, and smaller wheels.
Inside the car, a large 15-inch touchscreen serves as the infotainment system, accompanied by a digital instrument cluster and Volkswagen’s augmented reality head-up display. Climate and volume control are managed via touch sliders beneath the screen, now with added illumination. The steering wheel retains touch-sensitive controls, although these will eventually be replaced with traditional buttons following customer feedback.
The Volkswagen ID.7 electric sedan features a digitally controlled “Smart Air Vents” system that can recognize the driver using the key and adjust the temperature of the interior before they enter the vehicle. The air conditioning system can also distribute air over a large area or direct it towards passengers as desired, which can be activated through the central touchscreen or using voice commands.
The ID.7 is built on the MEB platform, which has been upgraded to MEB+ for longer range and faster charging. While specific details are not yet available, it is expected to be offered in single and dual electric motor configurations with a large floor-mounted battery pack. Volkswagen has described the ID.7 as an “efficient electric sedan with long-range capability,” with an estimated range of up to 435 miles based on a simulated WLTP cycle.
The ID.7 has a wheelbase of 116.9 inches, which is 3.7 inches longer than the Tesla Model 3 and 0.8 inches longer than the Hyundai Ioniq 6. It is also 6.5 inches longer than the wheelbase of a gasoline-powered Volkswagen Passat, providing a more spacious cabin. The ID.7 will be launched in Europe, Asia (China), and North America in the second quarter of 2023 and will be produced at the Emden plant in Germany along with the ID.4. It will be the sixth model in the ID range and one of 10 new electric vehicles that Volkswagen plans to release by 2026.