On Monday (June 27), Volkswagen will preview its long-awaited rival, the Tesla Model 3, with a sleek, low-slung concept it calls the ID Aero.

The brand describes the concept as “the first all-electric limousine for the Chinese car market”, but also confirms that the production version – which will be unveiled next year – is intended for North America and Europe, with production for these markets taking place at its factory in Emden, Germany.

The latest addition to Volkswagen’s ID electric vehicle family will take the brand into the “high-volume upper-middle-class segment”, taking on an expanding field of popular rivals including the Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2, BMW i4 and – soon – the Hyundai Ioniq 6.

The racy car will essentially serve as an electric equivalent to the combustion-engined Passat, arriving first in sedan form, as seen recently in these winter test photos, before an estate version, based on the ID Space Vizzion concept, arrives. Although the exterior dimensions largely match those of the combustion-engined Passat, the interior should offer space comparable to that of the flagship Phaeton, which bowed out in 2016.

The name of the production car has yet to be confirmed, but recent patent filings suggest it is in line with the ID 6 moniker (used in China by a larger version of the Volkswagen ID 4) with the domain to carry the suffix “Tourer”. .

As Autocar reported last year, the new ID model will use Volkswagen’s full-size MEB architecture and follow the ID 4 in being offered with a choice of rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive powertrains. A GTX performance model will follow later, as confirmed for all ID models.

In 2020, Frank Welsch, then head of R&D, told Autocar that the GTX version would be able to go from 0 to 100 km/h in around 5.6 seconds.

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Source: www.autocar.co.uk
This notice was published: 2022-06-22 07:34:33