VW rebrands ID.Aero to ID.7 and shows off crazy lighted paint on new 700km EV sedan

For those of us who love EV sedans, there’s one more coming down the pike, this time from Volkswagen as the ID.Aero prototype morphs into the ID.7 … prototype …

The ID.7 is Volkswagen’s sixth modern EV following the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, ID.6 (China only), and ID.Buzz, and it represents a premium sedan form factor.

The ID. Aero was presented originally in China and was said to have a 700km range on the optimistic WLTP standard. That’s 435 gringo miles and by the time the EPA is done with it, we’d expect the range to be in the mid to high 300s. That’s still impressive with the other ID vehicles usually landing in the mid 200-mile ranges.

With its latest MEB model, Volkswagen improves upon its previous ID models:

  • New display concept
  • Augmented reality heads-up display
  • 38-centimeter (15-inch) screen
  • Digitally controlled air vents
  • Illuminated touch sliders

The ID.7 is one of 10 new EVs VW plans to launch by 2026 as it moves to make its whole lineup electric.

Some important notes:

  • Volkswagen will provide a glimpse of the next model in its EV family at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show this week (VW’s first appearance in six years).
  • This efficient electric sedan with long-range capability is built on the MEB platform.
  • Special camouflage for the ID.7 EV creates electroluminescent light effects.
  • Following on from the ID.4 SUV, the new sedan is Volkswagen’s next global electric vehicle and will be offered on three continents.
  • The world premiere of the series production version is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023.

Electrek’s Take

Top comment by neilw

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I would say that digitally-controlled air vents aren't an improvement on anything.

But anyway, I've heard nothing but bad things about the VW infotainment software. Has it gotten any better?

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We got a sneak peak of the ID.7 late last year in Los Angeles and were blown away by the 40-layer electroluminescent light effects. We weren’t allowed to go inside (let alone drive it) however, which made for an admittedly disappointing trip.

It doesn’t sound like there will be any drives this week either, which is unusual for a car that’s going into production next quarter. Volkswagen is famous for drip-dropping news, so stay tuned.

The paint job is a prototype, and it won’t be on any soon-to-be-launched vehicles, but we’re told that the technology could make it into production cars at a later date. I can see this as something that police cars and EMS vehicles could use but wonder if it would be too distracting for typical vehicles.

As for the VW EV sedan form factor, it will be going up against the BMW i4, Hyundai Ioniq 6, Tesla Model 3/S, and Mercedes E Class vehicles. All important will be pricing and availability as well as things like interior and how it drives, which we’ll hopefully be learning more about soon.

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