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[NEWS] 2023 Volkswagen ID 7: new Tesla Model 3 rival arrives today

2023 Volkswagen ID 7: new Tesla Model 3 rival arrives today

Volkswagen ID7 front right
The ID 7 is due to go on sale later in 2023; full reveal expected at the Shanghai motor show

Volkswagen ID Aero concept evolves into crucial production car for 2023; estate and hot GTX to follow

The all-new Volkswagen ID 7 will make its UK debut today before being officially launched at tomorrow's Shanghai Auto Show.

The ID 7, which had previously been known as Aero B as a concept car and in development, was closely previewed as a camouflagued prototype (pictured) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It will be offered first as this five-door liftback, and in time as an estate, too.

It is the sixth model to be launched in the ID range and will initially sit alongside the Volkswagen Arteon and Volkswagen Passat, the latter of which will only be offered as an estate in its next generation. In time it will become VW’s only offering in Europe’s shrinking D-segment as no further versions of the Arteon and Passat are due once the switch to EVs is made.


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“Globally, the saloon segment is disappearing, even in China,” VW boss Thomas Schäfer told Autocar. “In China, it’s already happening in the low-price saloons. It is going down in Europe; it's never been huge, except for a handful of markets, maybe Turkey, but we will definitely not bring a lot of saloons. This is it [ID 7] and we converge onto that when we let go of the combustion engine.”

The MEB-based ID 7 is 4940mm long, 1859mm wide and 1529mm high, with a wheelbase of 2969mm shared with the Volkswagen ID Buzz. This makes the ID 7 longer than both the Passat and the Arteon.

Volkswagen id7 rear three quarter right

The CES show car wears the ID 7’s production bodywork but it is wrapped in a special QR code-inspired camouflage to hide its final styling. A full reveal will happen today before the ID 7 goes on sale later in the year.

The camouflage is called Electroluminescent, and is made up of 40 layers of paint. This then has an electric current placed through it, to let the 22 different sections of the car light up. 

VW has disclosed few technical details ahead of the ID 7’s full reveal. However, the company confirmed that it would be offered with a range of up to 435 miles. This will be in a larger-battery model, a size of battery yet to be offered in an ID car. Initially, the ID 7 will come with the existing largest 77kWh pack.

Volkswagen id7 interior

It will initially be two-wheel drive with a four-wheel-drive GTX model confirmed to launch in due course - ultimately giving a powertrain line-up that mirrors that of its main rivals: the Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2 and Hyundai Ioniq 6

The Aero name used previously referred to its super-slippery shape, and a drag coefficient as low as 0.23 is expected for the final production model.

Inside, there are notable developments and improvements over the ID models to date. The infotainment system has been overhauled to bring temperature controls to the main homepage of the 15in touchscreen, and the physical temperature slider bar below the screen has at last been illuminated to allow it to be useful at night. There are also smart air vents that begin to cool or heat the car when it detects the keyholder is close, and also heat the steering wheel as needed. An augmented reality head-up display is standard. 

Volkswagen id7 front three quarter

The ID 7 will be built at the firm’s Emden factory in Germany alongside the Volkswagen ID 4, and exported to all markets except China from there. Chinese cars will be built locally by VW’s two different joint venture partners there.

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