VW ID.Aero (2022): Will it be the electric Passat?
Presentation: The production model should be launched in 2023 as the ID.7
It has long been clear that the Passat will sooner or later be electric. The related studies ID Vizzion (sedan) and ID Space Vizzion (estate) were previously shown in 2018 and 2019.
The production model based on VW’s MEB platform is currently still called ID.Aero internally, but should be called ID.7 and will probably be on the market in 2023.
Optics: New pictures give a view of the series version
Shortly before the official world premiere on June 27, 2022, VW showed new pictures of the electric sedan. First impression: The ID.7 looks a bit stockier than we saw from the Passat familiar with. While the passenger compartment seems spacious, the trunk looks rather small. The front and rear overhangs are short, but the curved bonnet is long. The door handles are recessed for the sake of aerodynamics.
As with the other ID models, however, the headlights and taillights of the electric Passat should also be connected by an LED strip. The illustration of the ID.Aero gives an impression of what the front design could look like.
It likely stays close to the study and is immediately recognizable as part of the ID family. The area in which the grill can be found on the combustion engine is very narrow, but there is a large air intake in the apron.
Interior: Probably without buttons but with a large central display
The interior should be based on the Study ID Space Vizzion oriented and therefore buttonless and equipped with a 15.6-inch central display. VW does without a large digital speedometer unit on the ID Space Vizzion.
A narrow display embedded in the dashboard shows the most important information, the rest is taken care of by a head-up display with augmented reality, which, for example, optically projects navigation instructions onto the road. The new steering wheel also fits in with the lack of buttons and switches. There are touch surfaces on the left and right of the impact absorber.
In the series, instead of the mega screen, the well-known twelve-inch screen and the well-known steering wheel could also be found. While in the study, as in current Mercedes models, the driving levels are engaged via the steering column lever on the right behind the steering wheel, the ID.7 should probably be replaced by the rotary knob from ID.3 and ID.4.
Drives: Top model could have two engines and 340 hp
The drive concept of the ID Space Vizzion sounds almost ready for series production. The electric car stores its energy in an 82 kWh battery, which transfers its energy to a 279 hp electric motor on the rear axle – at least in the base.
There is already an expansion stage in which a 102 hp second motor on the front axle provides electric all-wheel drive and 340 hp system performance. This should allow a range of up to 590 kilometers according to WLTP. This data would also look good on the ID.7 series model.