The Volkswagen line of dedicated EVs will soon be joined by a sedan model too. It is being previewed in the form of the newly unveiled ID. AERO concept.
The show car debuted in China, one of the largest markets for sedans in the world. It has a particularly sharp design while following the same overall styling as the rest of the VW ID range with smooth surfaces for increased aerodynamic efficiency. Volkswagen engineers state that the ID Aero show car has a drag coefficient of just 0.23, despite its taller front end.
The roofline is sloped for a coupe-like sporty design while the front end has sharp creases to break the monotony of smoothness. Its taillights seem to be inspired by Audi’s design with diamond-like shapes. The rear end is relatively bland and chunky but that’s true for most EV sedans. Since it’s based on the MEB (VW’s modular electric-only platform), it has a long wheelbase and allows for short overhangs, just like the other ID models. Those 22-inch wheels add to the ID Aero’s premium sportiness and suit the nearly 5-metre long body. It is a proper sedan with no fluff and that kind of old-school simplicity still has its charm in a sea of odd design choices.
Volkswagen has packed a 77kWh battery pack into the ID. Aero for a claimed range of 620km (WLTP). There are no performance details, but we suspect the longest range is offered with a single-motor drivetrain. It will likely be available with a dual-motor powertrain as well.
The German carmaker has stated outright that the production-spec version of the ID. Aero will become the new flagship of the electric-only ID. model lineup. It plans to begin rolling out the road-ready ID. Aero in 2023 in both Europe and China. Considering all other ID models till now have been given a number (except the ID. Buzz electric microbus), we expect the Aero concept to get its numerical moniker once it nears production.
If the final version retains the overall design language of the concept, the Volkswagen EV sedan will easily be one of the best-looking models in that segment. It’s already better looking than the Tesla Model 3, more easily likeable than the Hyundai Ioniq 6, and classier than a BMW i4. Plus, there might even be a sportier GTX version with a lower ride height and some extra bits of aero.
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