Volkswagen Premieres All-Electric Sedan Concept

Volkswagen recently introduced its ID. AERO concept car in China, the brand’s first all-electric sedan.

The future model will be positioned in the premium mid-size sedan segment and will serve as the automaker’s global flagship model for its all-electric lineup, the company said. The production version for China is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2023.

“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.”

The concept vehicle is more than 16 feet long and was designed based on aerodynamic principles, designers said. The roof slopes to the rear like a coupe’s and contributes to achieving a drag coefficient of 0.23.

The ID. AERO is equipped with a l lithium-ion battery with a net energy content of 77 kWh. Thanks to the interaction of the drive system and aerodynamic properties, the ID. AERO achieves an estimated range of up to 385 miles.

As the new flagship model of the electric vehicle family, the ID. AERO will therefore be offered globally in future—in Europe and North America in addition to China.

The aerodynamically designed front end and roof ensure that air flows optimally over the vehicle, designers said, while the air flow is calmed by the slightly drawn-in rear end. The 22-inch two-tone wheels are integrated flush into the wheel housings. Classic door handles are replaced by illuminated touch surfaces, which reduce the drag even further.

The ID.AERO concept vehicle has a Polar Light Blue Metallic paintwork—a light metallic color with pigments that create a golden shimmer in appropriate light conditions. The roof is painted in a high-gloss black to contrast with the vehicle body.

A.J. Hecht

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