Volkswagen has released new design sketches of the ID. Aero, its world’s first all-electric sedan that will first be launched in China and will later be available in North America and Europe.
The model was originally scheduled to debut in China at the end of April, but as the Beijing Auto Show has been postponed, the digital unveiling of the pre-production concept vehicle will take place on June 27 at 2:00 p.m. CEST.
The Volkswagen ID. Aero, also called Aero B internally, previews the brand’s first all-electric global production sedan, which is expected to help VW accelerate its electric offensive as part of the Accelerate strategy. We’ve already seen one of the sketches showing the front during the Volkswagen Group’s annual press conference on March 15, and now we also have a look at the side profile and the rear of the vehicle.
As its name suggests, the Volkswagen ID. Aero appears to be a highly aerodynamic vehicle, with a sleek, clean exterior design featuring a low front hood and a swooping coupe-style roofline. The automaker says the pre-production study’s aerodynamic front and roof help reduce power consumption and increase range. The rear looks quite conventional for an ID. vehicle, featuring horizontal LED taillights joined by a light bar.
The four-door sedan promises generous interior space, which should be the case as it will compete with the high-volume upper-middle-class segment.
As with all existing models of the ID. family, identity card. Aero is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB). Last March, VW brand boss Ralf Brandstätter said the all-electric concept sedan offered a range of 435 miles (700 kilometers). That’s all we know for now, but we’re pretty sure VW will offer more details when it debuts next week.
Expect a choice of rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive powertrains, with a performance model badged as GTX – VW recently confirmed that all IDs. models will receive GTX variants – to use the most powerful dual-engine setup. Speaking of the ID card. Aero GTX, former VW R&D head Frank Welsch said in 2020, will go from 0 to 100 km/h in around 5.6 seconds.
The production version of the ID. Aero, which will serve as the electric equivalent of the combustion-engined Passat, is expected to go on sale in China in the second half of 2023, with the corresponding model for the North American and European markets due to be presented in 2023.
While the Chinese-spec model will be manufactured locally, the Volkswagen ID. Aero for Europe and North America will be built at the automaker’s plant in Emden, which recently started manufacturing the ID.4 electric SUV.