Volkswagen used this week’s Consumer Electronics Show 2023 to confirm a new ID.7 electric sedan and we have spy footage of a prototype being tested in the wild.
The ID.7 is the sedan first hinted at in the ID.Vizzion concept car of 2018 and more recently with the ID.Aero concept. There’s also the possibility of a station wagon body style being added, as demonstrated by the 2019 ID.Space Vizzion concept.
The prototype is heavily camouflaged, with decals covering the grille and lights, but the final design should resemble the look of the ID.Aero. You will notice that the exhaust tips are decals too.
The ID.7 is confirmed to go on sale in China in the second half of 2023. It will follow shortly after in the US, meaning we’ll likely see it arrive as a 2024 model.
It will fill the gap of the Passat, which will be phased out after 2022, and may also serve as a replacement for the Arteon, which is also believed to be on the way out. For the rest of the world, however, a facelifted Passat is being developed with both gas and diesel engines, possibly only as a station wagon.
The ID.7, which is expected to be around 197 inches long, rides on VW’s MEB platform for mainstream electric vehicles. As a guide to range peak performance, the ID.Aero concept featured a 77kWh battery, which VW estimated would deliver over 300 miles of range, as measured by the EPA.
VW has called the ID.7 the flagship of its ID family of electric vehicles. As a result, we can expect to find some premium items in the cabin. Confirmed features include an augmented reality head-up display, a 15-inch touchscreen for infotainment, and a climate control system that can direct air toward an occupant or spatially cover the cabin.
The ID.7 is one of at least 10 electric vehicles that VW will bring to market by 2026. The ID.Buzz minivan will finally hit the US next year, followed by a three-row SUV the size of the current mid-size Atlas. Also in the works is a Tiguan-sized crossover, plus an updated version of the ID.3 compact hatch and a new ID.2 subcompact crossover. Further out, VW is planning its much-touted tech flagship, Project Trinity, and a rugged SUV and pickup truck for its new Scout brand.