Volkswagen ID.Aero unveiled as 385-mile electric sedan

With its new ID. Aero – a four-door electric sedan with a range of up to 625 kilometers.

The design of the ID.Aero, which can be seen as a pre-series concept, is based on the ID. Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Vizzion Concept continues a similar design philosophy to the existing ID.3 and ID.4 electric vehicles.

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The Aero will be the sixth member of the ID range and will likely adopt the ID.6 name when it comes to Europe, offering an electric equivalent of the now-discontinued Passat sedan.

At almost 5 meters long – making it much longer than either a Polestar 2 or a Tesla Model 3 – it’s actually closer to that of the Tesla Model S. The ID. Aero will house a new 77kWh battery and motor system that VW says can deliver a range of 385 miles. With the new MEB platform architecture, recharging is increased from 150 kW to 200 kW. This means that a 10-80% charge should take less than 30 minutes.

In terms of performance, there’s potential for a hot 4WD GTX version, offering 0-100km/h acceleration of around 5.5 seconds.

Aerodynamic efficiency is boosted by the low nose, while the design of the headlights, along with the lightbar divided by the VW badge, is similar to that of the ID.Buzz and ID.4. Three individual fog lights have been integrated into the side air intakes below the headlights, and the low drag coefficient of 0.23 has been boosted by the thin grille, flush door handles and a number of other aerodynamic features.

The car’s shape and curved roof are emphasized through the use of a new chrome strip that runs from the A-pillar to the D-pillar. Running the full length of the body is the well-known shoulder crease that has become a hallmark of VW’s electric range. As for the 22-inch diamond-cut alloys, their design is also new. Intricate rear LED clusters have been integrated into the full-width rear light bar, while the small diffuser mimics that of the prototype.

“With the ID. Aero Showcar, we unveil a preview of the next member of the ID. family,” explains Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of Volkswagen. “A car with an emotional and at the same time extremely aerodynamic design, a range of over 600 kilometers, an exceptional amount of space and a premium interior.”

Inside the cabin, there will likely be the same compact digital dashboard and 10-inch infotainment system as VW’s rest of MEB-based models, although there’s a chance a larger 12-inch screen will be present on high-spec editions.

The ID Aero will first launch in the second half of 2023, with sales focused on China. This is followed by North American and European markets. As for pricing? VW is keeping a low profile, but we should expect the range to start at around £45k. Volkswagen ID.Aero unveiled as 385-mile electric sedan


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