• Volkswagen ID. Aero Concept Isn’t as Impressive as Expected, But It Still Has Tesla and BMW Beat

Production version will be offered for both China and Europe starting 2023

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Just a few days ago Volkswagen unveiled the first design sketches of ID. Aero - a future fully electric sedan that aims at the "high-volume upper-middle class segment," including the Tesla Model 3, the Polestar 2, and the BMW i4. Now, the brand has revealed the ID. Aero concept, along with a few more details on the future car. The production version for China will arrive in the second half of 2023, while the European version will roll off the assembly line at the Emden plant in late 2023. North America will also follow.

The new ID. Aero will be the fourth fully electric model Volkswagen will sell in China - next to the ID.3, ID.4, and ID.6, and will also be part of the company’s Accelerate strategy: by 2030 every second vehicle sold in China will be an electric vehicle.

Volkswagen ID. Aero Concept Isn't as Impressive as Expected, But It Still Has Tesla and BMW Beat
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The ID. Aero is built on Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) and measures five meters (more than 16 feet) in length. Volkswagen will offer two different versions of the ID. Aero, and while no specification figures were offered, it did confirm the sedan will be offered with a powerful 77-kWh lithium-ion battery. While the range is not as impressive as initially speculated - 385 miles over the rumored 431 miles - it is still a lot better than both the Tesla Model 3 (353 miles in the Long Range version) and the BMW i4 (301 miles). Volkswagen also announced that the MEB architecture can be adapted for vehicles of different shapes and sizes. It can be used for various cars, from compact crossovers or SUVs and minibus’ all the way to spacious sedans. This means there will be a lot more electric vehicles coming from the German company in the near future.

Volkswagen ID. Aero Concept Isn't as Impressive as Expected, But It Still Has Tesla and BMW Beat
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The ID. Aero is an evolution of the ID. Vizzion concept unveiled back in 2018, but it brings the design language a little bit closer to production. The concept features an aerodynamically designed front end and roof and has a drag coefficient of only 0.23. Up front, you can spot the usual honeycomb motifs we’ve seen on all the other Volkswagen electric vehicles. The front bumper is divided into two and a narrow light strip runs horizontally across the front into the fenders and side panels. In the back, the concept features a striking dark light strip and LED taillight clusters with a honeycomb structure.

For the concept, Volkswagen opted for a combination of Polar Light Blue Metallic finish and a black roof. The paint has special pigments that create a golden shimmer in appropriate light conditions. It rides on 22-inch wheels.

Volkswagen ID. Aero Concept Isn't as Impressive as Expected, But It Still Has Tesla and BMW Beat
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“With the ID. AERO show car, we are revealing a preview of the next member of our electric vehicle family. It’s a car with an emotional and at the same time extremely aerodynamic design, a range of more than 600 kilometers, an extraordinary amount of space and a premium interior,” says Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. “With our ACCELERATE strategy, we are intensively driving forward the electrification of our model range. Following the ID.4, this model will be our next global car for Europe, China and the U.S.”

Alina Moore
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