- IDENTIFIER. Aero concept car previews new VW EV
- Sleek, aerodynamic sedan-like shape
- MEB platform below, the real one is coming in 2023
VW is busy preparing its next ID model, and this is our first look. The new ID. Aero concept plans a new all-electric sedan to join the lineup in 2023 – a new model confirmed for Europe and China for now.
The new ID. The Aero concept car is a four-door hatchback that VW says previews the brand’s “world’s first all-electric sedan”, adding that it will be classed as a midsize sedan. Think Passat/Arteon dimensions, then, but electric. Although unconfirmed, we expect VW to use the ID.7 name when the production model arrives.
It still looks like an ID car…
The landmarks are all there, right? Eyeball-shaped headlight designs surrounding a light bar that spans the full width of the car’s face and honeycomb detailing in the taillights. It’s clean and simple – very much the Volkswagen way – with (naturally) big wheels for the concept version. VW claims the concept car has a drag coefficient of 0.23cd.
We can’t see the interior yet, but it’s pretty safe to imagine an interior similar to the ID.3 and ID.4 by design when the real thing arrives in 2023. VW promises space Huge inside considering the battery-powered underbody.
Said foundations being MEB?
Yeah. It’s the VW Group’s platform toolkit for electric cars, spawning everything from the ID.3, 4, 5 and 6 for VW as well as cars like the Audi Q4 e-Tron and Skoda Enyaq. It’s versatile to say the least.
With ID. Concept Aero, VW says there’s a 77kWh battery under the skin enabling a range of 385 miles.
Isn’t VW planning something bigger than that?
Greater in terms of technological prowess at least, yes. VW is busy working on “Project Trinity,” the codename for the brand’s efforts to bring VW Group’s upcoming “SSP” architecture to the mainstream.
VW’s electrical plans explained
SSP, the platform that is expected to underpin almost all electric vehicles offered by the various VW Group brands, is set to be rolled out from 2025. It is said to bring increases in range and battery density as well that more technology on board to allow a greater level of autonomy. Until then, VW will maintain its MEB platform in service.