Volkswagen has confirmed it will reveal a pre-production version of its mid-sized electric sedan, called the ID. Aero concept, on June 27, 2022.
The German automaker says the production version of this “high-volume upper-middle class” sedan will be offered in China, Europe, and North America. It’s unclear if Australia is on the cards yet.
It’s also unclear if the production version of the ID. Aero concept will be called the ID. Aero or Aero B, like previously reported.
At this stage the production version of the ID. Aero concept is expected to go on sale in China in the second half of 2023, with the European and North American version set to be revealed in 2023.
Volkswagen has also confirmed production of the European and North American ID. Aero will be take place at its plant in Emden, Germany.
As previously reported, the Volkswagen ID. Aero is set to be an all-electric alternative to the Passat.
Like all Volkswagen electric vehicles (EVs) to date, this electric sedan is based on the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform.
The ID. Aero is said to measure around 5000mm long, which is around 225mm longer than the Passat sedan and 37mm longer than the BMW 5 Series sedan.
Volkswagen hasn’t detailed the electric powertrains, power and torque outputs, battery size, and electric range for the ID. Aero yet.
It will likely be offered in single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive variants.
Accompanying this announcement is a singular teaser sketch that shows off the ID. Aero concept from the rear three-quarter angle.
This sketch gives up our clearest look yet at the sleek sedan silhouette. It’s very similar to the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric sedan.
The ID. Aero concept is said to have an “aerodynamic front and roof”, which both helps to reduce energy consumption and increase range.
Volkswagen says the ID. Aero concept stylistically follows the “unmistakable design language” of its other EVs, including the ID. 4 and ID. Buzz.
We have previously seen another cropped teaser image of the ID. Aero concept showing the angular front fascia and part of its side profile.
It showed the ID. Aero concept has a light bar connecting the headlights, plus an illuminated VW badge.
The upcoming Volkswagen ID. Aero concept was first previewed in late 2020 by the ID. Vizzion concept, and in wagon form as the ID. Space Vizzion.
We’ve also previously reported on spied prototypes of the four-door electric sedan during testing, with Volkswagen using camouflage stickers to disguise it as a Chinese-market Passat.
The Volkswagen ID. Aero will be sold alongside the Passat, which will reportedly become wagon-only in its next generation, and will sit below Volkswagen’s upcoming all-electric flagship currently known as Project Trinity.
This flagship model will be the first vehicle built of Volkswagen Group’s Scalable System Platform (SSP), which will succeed today’s MEB and PPE all-electric architectures plus the MQB, MSB and MLB architectures.