• Volkswagen Just Put Tesla on Notice with the Future ID Aero

A production version of the ID. Aero will arrive in 2023 as a direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3

Volkswagen has revealed the first design sketches of the ID. Aero - a future fully electric limousine initially aimed for the Chinese automobile market. However, the company also confirmed that there will also be a production version for both North America and Europe, the latter of which will be produced at the company’s factory in Emden, Germany. The concept version will be unveiled on June 27, 2022. The production version - for both the Chinese, American, and European markets will be presented in 2023.

Volkswagen Just Put Tesla on Notice with the Future ID Aero
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The production version of the ID. Aero aims at models from the "high-volume upper-middle class segment," including the Tesla Model 3, the Polestar 2, and the BMW i4. According to AutoCar, the next ID. Aero will have the same exterior dimensions as the Passat sedan, and you should think at it as an all-electric version of the German sedan. However, the interior will offer space on a par with the now discontinued Phaeton flagship.

Like all the other models from the ID family, the future ID. Aero - which will most likely get a different name in the production form, and it will be based on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB). Just like the recently launched ID.4 and ID.5, the future electric sedan will be offered with a choice of rear- and four-wheel-drive powertrains, with power ranging from 201 to 295 horsepower.

The sedan will be offered in GTX performance form, but that model will come sometime after the standard version debuts. It is rumored that the ID. Aero GTX will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds - which is quite an improvement when compared to the 6.2-second sprint time of the ID.4 GTX. The same British magazine reports that the ID sedan will be equipped with an 84kWh battery and should manage 431 miles per charge. These figures will make it a lot more efficient than both the Tesla Model 3 (353 miles in the Long Range version) and the BMW i4 (301 miles).

Volkswagen Just Put Tesla on Notice with the Future ID Aero
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The new ID. Aero will be offered as part of Volkswagen’s ACCELERATE strategy, which includes an investment of around €16 billion for e-mobility, hybridization, and digitalization up to 2025. Volkswagen hopes that by 2030 at least 70% of the vehicles delivered in Europe will be all-electric, while for the States and China the target is 50%.

Alina Moore
Alina Moore
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