VW’s ID.6, a seven-seater SUV only for China
At the Auto Shanghai motor show, VW has presented the ID.6, the third model in the ID. family for the Chinese market. Like the ID.4, this all-electric MEB-based family SUV with room for up to seven passengers is available in two versions.
The ID.6, shown in Shanghai in both versions, is the first model in the ID. family to be developed specifically for one market, according to VW.
“The ID.6 is a continuation of Volkswagen’s regionalization strategy and is another important step toward becoming the most sought-after brand for sustainable mobility in China,” the Wolfsburg-based company wrote.
That VW doesn’t mention the ID.5, which will only sell in Europe, is because Europe is considered in Wolfsburg as a sales region, not a single market.
VW claims that the ID.6 “is tailored specifically to the needs and wishes of Chinese customers in terms of space, functionality, design and, in particular, user experience.”
On the one hand, there is the ID.6 Crozz from the FAW Volkswagen joint venture. It will roll off the production line in northern China. On the other hand, there is the ID.6 X from SAIC Volkswagen in the south.
At the start, three power levels with 132, 150, and 225 kW and two battery sizes with a usable energy capacity of 58 and 77 kWh will be offered.
The 225 kW version is the all-wheel-drive version, named ‘4Motion’. In the coming week, VW will also present an electric VW all-wheeler for Europe with the ID.4 GTX. The GTX suffix will thus be used to indicate the sporty power versions of the ID. range, like GTI, is for gasoline cars and GTD concerning diesel ones.
The two ID.6 offshoots also differ in some design features. There are small changes to the light graphics or headlights; there are also changes to the sheet metal.
The differences are greater at the rear: while the ID.6 Crozz carries the number plate on the trunk lid, the ID.6 X has it mounted at the bottom of the bumper. So, taillights, trunk lid, bumper, and underride protection have been adapted in each case.
Large and roomy
The ID.6 is a large car at 4,88 m in length. The additional 30 centimeters compared to the ID.4 allow, among other things, the third row of seats. The second row of seats can also be adjusted longitudinally. A panoramic glass roof is available ex-works, and a panoramic sunroof is optional.
The interior also features the familiar control system with a 12-inch touchscreen and the ‘ID. Light’. There are, of course, several assistance systems available, and also the optional augmented reality head-up display.
Two battery sizes
VW doesn’t specify the range in WLTP, as the car is only meant for China, where NEDC is still relevant for the sales market. The 58 kWh model has an (NEDC) range of up to 436 kilometers.
With the larger battery (and presumably the 150 kW rear-wheel drive, details aren’t given), it is up to 588 kilometers. A range for the all-wheel-drive version is not explicitly mentioned yet. VW hasn’t revealed prices either.
“With the new ID.6, we are laying the foundations for at least 50% of our cars sold in China being electric by 2030,” says Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. “We are maintaining momentum and gradually increasing our range of MEB cars: by 2023, Volkswagen will have a total of eight ID. models in China, making MEB nationwide there.”
“The economies of scale that we have achieved allow us to offer the latest technology at an affordable price, and thus further expand our electric offensive,” he concludes.