Volkswagen will showcase its first fully electric sedan based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (from 5 to 8 January). Following on from ID.4, the new sedan is Volkswagen’s next global electric vehicle and will be offered on three continents in the future. The world premiere of the series production version is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023.
“At the show, the car will be clad in smart camouflage, which uses unique technology and multi-layered paintwork to create light effects on parts of the vehicle,” says the press release. “This is an interactive feature and symbolizes the next step in the digitalization of the future flagship model of the ID. family.”
The QR codes on the hood and both sides provide an interface between the physical and digital worlds. The entire camouflage also takes the QR code theme further and thus hides the contours of the final production vehicle.
The ID. AERO concept vehicle initially presented in China already provided a preview of the new model, which embodies an aerodynamic design concept and can achieve ranges of up to 700 kilometers (WLTP standard). After a six-year break, Volkswagen Group of America returns to the CES – the world’s largest trade show for electronics – with ID.7.
EVs in all segments
“With the new ID.7, we are extending our electric model range into the upper segments,” says Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. “The sedan will offer top-class technology and quality. The ID.7 is one of ten new electric models we plan to launch by 2026. Our goal? To deliver suitable products for our customers in every single segment.”
With its latest model based on the MEB platform, VW claims it has responded to customer feedback and improved the user experience in the relevant areas. Innovations that come as standard in the ID.7 are the new display concept, the augmented reality head-up display, a 15-inch central screen, new air conditioning controls integrated into the first level of the infotainment system, and illuminated touch sliders.
The new air conditioning concept with intelligent vents offers several functions. For instance, ID.7 can detect when the driver is approaching based on the key and will start to cool the interior on hot summer days or heat the interior on cold days before the driver gets into the vehicle.
Newly designed ‘Smart Air Vents’ control airflow and move dynamically to distribute the air over large areas as quickly as possible. For example, if there are passengers in the car, the air can be directed straight to the body or ventilate the interior indirectly. These functions are visible on the new large display and can be activated and saved individually for each user.
Special requests can be activated using voice commands. If the user says, “Hello Volkswagen, my hands are cold!”, the ID.7 responds by starting the steering wheel heating function. At the same time, warm air is directed toward the hands.
In terms of its style, ID.7 follows the design language of the fully electric ID. family. The characteristic features of the sedan include the aerodynamic front section and roof, which both help to reduce energy consumption and increase the range. In addition, air intakes in the front end guide the air flowing through them down the sides of the vehicle to the rear in a targeted way.
The aim is to form an air curtain, which calms the airflow at the sides of the vehicle. As a result, the roof slopes to the rear and contributes to an excellent drag coefficient, contributing to a claimed range of up to 700 kilometers (WLTP standard).
Like all other models in the ID. family, the ID.7 is based on the MEB platform of the Volkswagen Group. The advantages of this modular matrix with short overhangs and a long wheelbase (2,97 meters) provide benefits for the interior. In the ID.7, this results in the character of a luxury sedan with an especially spacious feel.
500 000 EVs already delivered
With this ID.7 sedan, Volkswagen is expanding its successful fully electric ID. family into the upper middle class of the high-volume segment. Since the first ID.3 models were handed over to customers in September 2020, Volkswagen has delivered 500 000 vehicles from its ID. family worldwide. That’s one year earlier than planned despite the ongoing difficulties in the supply chain.
After the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, ID.6 (only in China) models and the new ID. Buzz7, the ID.7 will be the sixth model in the ID. family and is Volkswagen’s second global car to be based on the MEB after the ID.4. It is planned to launch the electric sedan in the three primary markets of China, Europe, and North America.
The ID.7 for the European market will be produced at the Volkswagen Emden plant, where the ID.4 is already built.