Volkswagen, the German car manufacturer, has unveiled the new ID. flagship model. The ID.7 electric sedan will first be available in Europe and China in the fall of 2023, with North America following in 2024. It will come in two variants: Pro and Pro S. According to preliminary internal estimates, the ID.7 Pro S with the new, larger 86kWh battery (net) will have a range of up to 700 kilometre (WLTP), while the ID.7 Pro with the 77kWh battery (net) will have a range of up to 615 kilometre (WLTP). The Volkswagen ID.7 is a huge, sleek sedan with a high level of premium appeal, designed to increase the automaker's share of the critical executive EV market. The electric sedan is considered to be a Tesla Model 3 competitor. Let's now take a look at what the upcoming ID.7 has in store for all EV enthusiasts.
Volkswagen ID.7 Electric Sedan: Exterior Design
The ID.7 is a larger vehicle than the Volkswagen Passat, which it indirectly competes with in terms of electric propulsion, measuring nearly five metres long with a wheelbase of about three metres. The Volkswagen Arteon luxury saloon, which made its debut in 2016, is bigger than this vehicle. The shape is a classic three-box shape, and the surfacing is fairly simple. The ID.7's wraparound headlamps are connected to an LED light bar that has the VW logo in the centre, and they are stylish and modern. The front bumper has a central air intake and is slightly curved at the edges. The swooping nose flows into this bumper. Further, the car has a drag coefficient of 0.23 Cd thanks to its long wheelbase, short overhangs, and sloping roofline.
Two distinct character lines, one just below the window line and the other towards the base of the doors define the ID.7's profile. The upper character line follows the length of the car, starting at the front fenders and ending where the taillights are at the back. Above the window line, there is a noticeable chrome trim. The ID.7's rear has a full-width LED light bar and a neat dual-tone rear bumper.
Volkswagen ID.7 Electric Sedan: Key Interior Features
All in all, the cabin layout of the ID.7 is straightforward and minimalist, with a range of materials and textures employed. The nicely incorporated AC vents in the dashboard look nice, but there are no physical buttons for basic functions. The ID.7's interior is primarily functional, but several luxury-enhancing features elevate it.
These features include a panoramic roof that can be made transparent or opaque at the touch of a button, optional massage seats, an augmented reality head-up display, a Harman Kardon 14 speaker system, connected car technology, ambient lighting, and a 15.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that runs a significantly updated version of Volkswagen's MIB software platform. The touchscreen now has a new direct-access bar at the top for quick access to key features. To prevent scrolling while moving, the main climate controls are now invariably located at the bottom of the screen.
Volkswagen ID.7 Electric Sedan: Powertrain Details
Volkswagen withheld the specifics of the various battery sizes for the ID.7, but the carmaker did confirm that the largest of the lot will have a WLTP-claimed range of up to 700 kilometre. An electric motor with a power output of 282bhp/545Nm will drive the rear wheels. According to Volkswagen Group, the system will be capable of charging up to 200kW. We anticipate the introduction of more powertrain options in the future, such as all-wheel drive with dual motors.
Volkswagen ID.7 Electric Sedan: Rivals
The ID.7 will be manufactured in both Germany and China. It will be available in Europe, North America, and China, but there is no word on whether it will go on sale in India. In terms of market rivals, the ID.7 will compete with the Tesla Model 3, the BMW i4, and the Polestar 2 on a global scale.