Volkswagen announced on Friday it opened pre-sales for its new flagship EV, the ID.7, at a price under 60k, that is €56 995 for the model in the Pro specification package with a range of up to 621 kilometers (WLTP). The first deliveries are expected before the end of the year.
The ID.7 sedan is 4,96 meters long and rests on a nearly three-meter wheelbase. The launch offer comes with several standard options, like the augmented reality head-up display, the ‘Discover Pro Max’ navigation system, 19-inch Hudson alloy wheels, and a series of Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS).
Further possible options like the Interior or Interior Plus packages include electric ergoActive comfort seats in the front with memory function and massage programs. These front seats are newly developed and offer an optional ‘adaptive seat animatronic’ that independently controls seat heating and cooling.
The large optional panoramic sunroof with “smart glass” can be switched between opaque and transparent settings by touch or voice control A layer of special liquid crystals (polymer-dispersed liquid crystals) is integrated into the glass surface. If an electric voltage is applied to these crystals, they sort themselves so light can pass through. If no voltage is used, the crystals arrange themselves to make the glass opaque.
Other nice-to-haves are lighting with 30 different colors, a 700-watt Harman Kardon sound system with twelve loudspeakers plus a center speaker, and a digital 16-channel amplifier plus a subwoofer. The Exterior package Plus also adds progressive steering and DCC adaptive chassis control, including driving profile selection.
The next level of MEB-platform
The ID.7 entered production in the Emden plant just a few days ago, where the ID.4 is also produced. The ID.7 brings the MEB platform to the next level with a new, more efficient powertrain and a range of up to 700 km. It’s the first VW to get the new APP550 drivetrain, with a 210 kW (286 hp) electric motor that’s more efficient than its 150 kW (204 hp) predecessor.
That efficiency, combined with the slippery body (drag coefficient of just 0.23) and a new, bigger 85 kWh battery (91 kWh gross), allows the ID.7 to achieve an impressive 700 km range. However, customers will have to wait for this version, as the 77 kWh version (82 kWh gross) with a 621 km range is the first to be launched.
Later, the range will grow with a sporty GTX variant with 340 hp, four-wheel-drive, and a Variant station wagon, with more practicality but likely a little less coverage.