Volkswagen ID. Aero will rival the Tesla Model 3

  • Maximum range of 385 miles
  • Saloon and estate plunging bodies
  • Expected to be revealed in 2023

Volkswagen is set to expand its line of ID-badged electric cars beyond that of SUVs and sedans with an all-new model, dubbed ID. Aero. This new car will take the form of a plunging sedan, which will sit alongside the range’s petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Arteon, with the Aero rivaling the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2.

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The Volkswagen ID. Aero will draw heavily from the ID. Vizzion concept that debuted at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Just like this car, it will have an aerodynamic teardrop shape to maximize efficiency. However, to link it with the rest of the ID. range, the Aero will get the characteristic front design of the sub-brand. First seen on the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback, it consists of a pinhole grille at the bottom of the bumper and a set of slim LED headlights that extend towards the central brand logo. .

On the back, the ID. Aero will sport a complex full-width lightbar, similar to that of Audi’s latest A6 e-tron concept. However, at this stage, it’s unclear whether the new car will have a separate boot compartment like a traditional sedan, or a hatchback, similar to the one seen on the BMW i4.

Volkswagen ID.  Aero - rear 1

To make it as slick as possible, the ID. Aero will also receive flush door handles, like those fitted to the Volkswagen ID.5 SUV. Like all ID models, the Aero will also sit on a set of aerodynamic alloy wheels, which can be up to 22 inches in diameter.

Similarities to the rest of VW’s electric range will continue inside as ID. Aero should receive the same minimalist cabin as these cars. This is characterized by a small digital instrument cluster and a central 12-inch touchscreen mounted at the top of the dashboard. There will be very few physical buttons, and it’s likely there will be an option for a contemporary two-tone white interior, with a matching color-coded steering wheel.

Measuring nearly 5 meters in length, the ID. Aero will be significantly longer than its main rival, the Tesla Model 3; it will, in fact, be closer in size to the larger Tesla Model S. This extra length will be an advantage, however, as it will allow Volkswagen to fit a larger battery. The identity. Aero will use a 77kWh battery which should provide a range of around 385 miles – slightly more than can be achieved in the Tesla.

Fast charging will likely be a standard feature as well. Thanks in part to VW’s new MEB underpinnings, the ID. Aero could be capable of charging speeds of up to 200 kW; this would allow a 10-80% recharge in just half an hour when connected to a compatible public charger.

We predict the ID. Aero will share the majority of its powertrain lineup with the ID.4 and ID.5. Entry-level cars could use a single rear-mounted electric motor setup that produces 172bhp, while mid-level cars could benefit from a 201bhp boost.

Volkswagen ID.  Space Vizzion

At the end of 2019, Volkswagen unveiled the ID. The Space Vizzion concept, which gives us an idea of ​​what a station wagon version of the ID is. Aero might look like. It also reveals what to expect from a high-performance GTX model; the concept uses a twin-motor electric powertrain producing 335 hp. That should allow for a 0-60 mph time of around five seconds, thanks to the grip of the all-wheel drive.

Volkswagen remains tight-lipped on when we can expect a full ID reveal. Aero, although the brand has said it will go on sale in China in the second half of 2023, before it hits the European market. Although there was very little pricing information, we are awaiting the ID. Aero will start from around £45,000 – in line with rivals from Polestar and Tesla.

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