Volkswagen woos family men with ID.7 Tourer

In a move that further cements its position in the electric vehicle (EV) market, Volkswagen has unveiled the ID.7 Tourer, the latest in its ID series. The car offers a blend of increased cargo space and an impressive electric range.

Joining the BMW i5 Touring, the ID.7 Tourer stands out as one of the few all-electric contenders in Europe’s upper mid-size category, offering a view for your dog in the back.

Fusion of estate and shooting brake

“A fusion of a classic estate in the format of the Passat, and a dynamic shooting brake such as the Arteon.” That’s how Volkswagen officially describes the ID.7 Tourer version: as a style hybrid.

Following the unveiling of a camouflaged prototype over a year ago, the production version seats five and adds some serious cargo space in the back. The boot takes 605 liters at least, which can be expanded to 1,714 liters when the rear seats are folded down. It’s also the more extended roofline that helps to increase cargo space. Owners of the old-school Passat Variant can carry extra goods (1,920 liters).

Maximum space is more than helpful but less than the Passat Variant /VW

Guessing the battery size

But the vehicle’s range might prove most compelling for potential buyers. The car will be available with two battery sizes, which Volkswagen is remaining quiet about for now, but the larger is announced to deliver a WLTP range of up to 685 km. With charging capabilities of up to 200 kW at DC fast-charging stations, a 10-80% charge is performed in less than 30 minutes.

These figures align with the saloon model. So, it’s expected that the battery sizes have 77 and 86 kWh of usable volume, respectively.

The head-up display with augmented reality shrunk the size of the digital instruments /VW

Volkswagen further announced that all trims will get periodic updates “over the air” to tweak certain aspects of the software and will ship the Tourer with a radical new augmented-reality head-up display. This should feed an augmented view of the road from a standard camera in the car and has a reducing effect on the design of the cockpit.

Wellness app

To underline its premium-class comfort, the interior includes automatic air conditioning with vents operated by small control motors and the well-known Ergo-Active seats with a new pressure-point massage function.

Elsewhere, trims will get a massive panoramic sunroof featuring two layers of glass that can be made transparent or opaque. And bizarrely, the cabin will include a new wellness app (“Volkswagen We”) to support rest and relaxation mid-journey, during breaks, or during charging sessions.

The original ID.7 has since been available in North America, Europe, and China, known as the ID.7 Vizzion. As estates are a genuine European flavor, it is unclear whether the model will be in showrooms outside the EU.

The ID.7 Tourer will be produced along with the ID.7 fastback saloon and the ID.4 SUV at the electric mobility plant in Emden, Germany. Volkswagen is already accepting orders for its “all-electric Passat Variant,” which it does not replace.

The Tourer’s hybrid style mixes clues from the Passat and Arteon /VW


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