Volkswagen has unveiled the ID.Aero concept car, meant to signify the path forward for its electric future.
While not in its final production car form, VW says that this is very close to what we should expect. Here’s a quick dive into the brand’s first global fully-electric sedan, the Volkswagen ID.Aero.
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Form And Function Combined
Sitting atop Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix, the ID.Aero is a long low-slung car at more than 16 feet long.
It’s that length, in part, that allows it to have such a flowy, aerodynamic shape. Under the cabin is a 77 kWh battery pack enabling a WLTP range of 385 miles or 620 km.
Expect that number to drop a little with regard to its EPA rating. Still, we expect it to do better than the ID.4 which has an EPA-estimated range of 275 miles of range.
It can go that far thanks to a super slippery body, the details of which, are very futuristic. Touchpoints integrate into the body itself and serve as door handles.
Drag Reduction And Styling
Plus, 22-inch wheels are integrated into the wheel wells to further reduce drag and the bodywork itself smoothes airflow from end to end.
The Volkswagen ID.Aero also features a number of stylistic choices to help it stand out from the crowd. The bold body side focal point is something Volkswagen calls the Tornado line. It adds to the sedan’s visual appeal and helps the car to look lower and more sporty.
Coming To America
It’s important to note that the Volkswagen ID.Aero was unveiled first in China and that’s where it’ll be seen first.
VW says that the first ID.Aeros will roll off of the production line sometime in the second half of 2023. Europe and China will be the first regions with the chance to own the ID.Aero. Nevertheless, we’re excited to report that this premium all-electric sedan is also coming to America.
Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Passenger Cars says that “With our ACCELERATE strategy, we are intensively driving forward the electrification of our model range. Following the ID.4, this model will be our next global car for Europe, China and the U.S.”
That’s exciting since the VW Passat is now discontinued here. The ID.Aero should fill that space beautifully though we expect it to be priced well above the Passat.
Still, there’s a lot that we’re waiting to find out. For instance, what does the interior look like? Will the touch-sensitive door handles and the 22-inch wheels make it to production?
We’ll keep an eye on news about the Volkswagen ID.Aero and update you as we learn more!