Volkswagen ID. Aero concept revealed as 2023 production car preview


Meet the electric equivalent to the Volkswagen Passat, revealed today as a concept ahead of a production model’s launch in 2023 – including a wagon.

Alex Misoyannis

The Volkswagen ID. Aero concept has been revealed, ahead of the production 2023 Volkswagen ID.7 or ID.6 electric sedan’s launch due next year.

Sitting atop Volkswagen’s range of ID electric cars, the production version of the ID. Aero – expected to wear the ID.6 or ID.7 moniker – will launch in China in the second half of 2023, with the option of a ‘Tourer’ wagon to follow this liftback body style later on.

Underpinned by Volkswagen’s MEB electric platform, the ID. Aero measures “almost five metres long” – about 200mm longer than a Passat sedan – with an extended wheelbase to maximise interior space.

Powering the concept is a 77kWh battery pack, which uses the car’s slippery 0.23 drag coefficient for up to 620km of WLTP-rated driving range – 70km more than a VW ID.3 hatchback with the same battery.

Whether the production car carries those specifications over remains to be seen; Volkswagen executives have previously quoted up to 700km of range, with a larger battery pack offering over 82kWh.

Every new Volkswagen ID model will also offer the option of a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive GTX variant – though it’s unclear if the ID.6/ID.7 GTX will offer more power than the ID.4 and ID.5 GTX’s 220kW, to befit its flagship status.

The new ID. Aero concept is an evolution of 2018’s ID. Vizzion and 2019’s ID. Space Vizzion concepts, with a sloping ‘coupe-inspired’ roofline, pronounced rear haunches akin to the ID.4 SUV, matrix LED headlights, and ‘honeycomb’ LED tail-lights.

While the concept’s 22-inch two-tone wheels and touch-sensitive door handles are unlikely to make production unchanged, its air intake designs, key proportions and full-width light signatures each have a fair chance of reaching showrooms.

It’s finished in Polar Light Blue Metallic paint – said to “create a golden shimmer effect in appropriate light conditions” – with a high-gloss black contrast roof.

The production version of the Volkswagen ID. Aero concept will be sold in Europe, North America and China – with the former pair to source vehicles from Emden, Germany, while vehicles for the Chinese market will be built in China by Volkswagen’s two joint ventures.

The Volkswagen ID. Aero’s production equivalent is set to go in sale in China in the second half of 2023, with the European model to go into production before the end of the year, ahead of first deliveries likely by early 2024.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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