VW Unwraps ID 7 Electrical Sedan, Targets 300+ Mile Vary

After a CES 2023 tease wrapped in electroluminescent camouflage, Volkswagen’s new ID 7 flagship electrical sedan has been unwrapped this week. The sedan’s modern proportions aren’t only for appears; the aerodynamic form helps the ID 7 slip by the air with little or no drag, stretching the vary with its largest battery pack as much as 435 miles on the European WLTP check cycle.

The ID 7 is a big, midsize sedan. Stretching the automaker’s MEB electrical automobile platform to 195.3 inches from bumper to bumper, it is the VW’s longest manufacturing electrical automobile but — 14.2 inches longer than the ID 4 and 9.8 inches longer than the short-wheelbase ID Buzz. (In fact, the yet-to-be-unveiled long-wheelbase Buzz that we’ll get right here within the states will measure 196.1 inches, however I am getting off matter.)

The ID 7 is roughly the identical size as a Tesla Mannequin S. If we ever get the bigger battery, it might additionally boast aggressive vary.

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The ID 7 is a contact taller than your common sedan to accommodate the battery pack beneath the cabin flooring, however its decreased aerodynamic profile and low 0.23 drag coefficient (among the many lowest within the enterprise) permit it to slide by the air extra effectively than, say, VW’s ID 4 SUV. In Europe, the ID 7 will launch with an enormous 86-kilowatt-hour battery pack good for a WLTP-estimated 435 miles of vary.

That quantity’s not significantly related to potential US consumers for 2 causes. First, the EPA’s testing cycle nearly all the time yields extra conservative estimates than WLTP. Second, and extra importantly, we’re not getting the massive battery within the US — no less than, not at launch. The ID 7 will arrive within the US in 2024 with a smaller 77-kWh pack concentrating on an EPA-estimated vary over 300 miles.

The ID 7 will launch with a single-motor, rear-drive configuration solely, inserting its upgraded 282-horsepower electrical motor on the rear axle. Inner enhancements yield higher efficiency than the ID 4’s 201-hp e-motor and, based on the automaker, the best torque in a Volkswagen EV but. How far more torque than the ID 4’s 229 pound-feet is but to be specified.

VW beefs up its electrical motor, stepping as much as 282 hp for the rear-driven ID 7.

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Highway journey charging occasions also needs to be shortened with as much as 200-kilowatt DC quick charging — versus the ID 4’s 125-kW — because of enhancements in battery thermal administration.

The electrical sedan additionally debuts an all-new 15-inch infotainment suite. The enlarged show now integrates the local weather controls with devoted display screen house alongside the underside edge. It additionally sticks with contact sliders for quantity and different controls, although no less than now they’re going to be illuminated so you may see them at evening. Just like the ID 4, a smaller digital instrument cluster sits simply forward of the steering wheel.

The dashboard and steering wheel each nonetheless make intensive use of haptic contact controls, regardless of VW’s current pledge to go again to bodily buttons. Most definitely, the ID 7’s improvement predates that initiative.

The illuminated haptic sliders and bigger display screen are a pleasant enchancment, however we actually simply desire a quantity knob.

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Out there therapeutic massage seats and an electro-chromic sunroof that swaps between opaque and clear on the contact of a button are an indicator that this VW is aiming extra upscale. The ID 7 may also roll out with “Stage-2 prepared” driver help options together with Park Help Professional with Reminiscence Perform, permitting the EV to be remotely parked from outdoors of the automobile utilizing a smartphone app with a 55-yard reminiscence.

North American availability of the ID 7 will open in 2024, following a fall 2023 launch in Europe and China. Pricing needs to be introduced nearer to our launch window, however as the brand new high mannequin in VW’s EV household, count on it to be dearer than the ID 4. We’ll be retaining a watch out for extra particulars within the coming months whereas additionally awaiting the long-wheelbase ID Buzz coming later this yr.

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