That Volkswagen wanted to compete with Tesla in the race for the title of the largest electric car manufacturer in the world, we knew it. But the German brand had so far been content to offer models from lower ranges than the American quartet. This should change shortly with the ID.Aero concept, which foreshadows a production family sedan that will directly compete with the Tesla Model 3, the star of electric car sales worldwide.
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For China only?
Taking up the Volkswagen group’s MEB platform, the ID.Aero will take on the features of a sedan with a 4-door coupe profile with dimensions certainly smaller than a Passat but a habitability which should be similar or even superior thanks to the very long wheelbase authorized by its electrical architecture. The illustration released by Volkswagen as well as the spy photos of prototypes being tested on European roads do not make it possible to determine whether this VW ID.Aero will offer a classic opening trunk or a tailgate. But the second solution seems the most probable.
With an official autonomy of the order of 700 km, the ID.Aero would consolidate its status as a direct challenger of the Model 3. A range clearly superior to the 511 km of official autonomy of the ID.4 with the “big” battery of 77 kWh net. A performance that Volkswagen’s future electric sedan would achieve thanks to its highly worked aerodynamics – hence the name of the concept – and a battery pack that could offer a higher capacity. In terms of engines, we should find the configurations offered by the ID.4 and the ID.5 with at the top of the range a variant with 2 engines, 4 wheel drive and 300 hp in the GTX version.
At the manufacturer’s annual conference, Ralf Brandstätter said that deliveries of the production model would begin in China in the second half of 2023. While the Chinese market seems to be a priority, there is no confirmation that the next production ID.Aero (ID. 7?) will also be offered in Europe where “traditional” sedans are suffocated by SUVs. Perhaps the success of Tesla Model 3 will encourage Volkswagen to offer this model in our latitudes… China already benefits from 2 models of the ID family which are not marketed on the Old Continent with the ID.6 X and ID.6 Crozz.