NEW YORK — Volkswagen hasn’t saved the ID.7 some deeply held secret. The German automaker has proven us the spacious, streamlined saloon in revealing camo, and we’ve even had an opportunity behind the wheel of a prototype. Now, VW has formally taken all of the wraps off the manufacturing model of the ID.7, offering new particulars and a manufacturing timeline of the EV that it initially previewed because the ID.Aero idea.
As recommended by that unique idea’s title, this successor to the VW Arteon is a slippery quantity, its 195.3 inches of total size reducing by way of the air with a drag coefficient of about 0.23. As such, this fastback has a steeply raked windshield and a low roofline terminating on the rear of the automobile in a lip spoiler. The overhangs previous the 116.8-inch wheelbase are saved brief, giving many of the actual property to the a part of the automobile between the axles, which advantages passenger house.
What we see now that we couldn’t earlier than are exterior particulars, just like the largely closed entrance finish, LED matrix headlights related by a vibrant metallic strip throughout the nostril, and a excessive hood with the creases alongside the edges turning inward and assembly in entrance of the windshield. A personality line beginning on the within the headlights sweeps towards the rear beneath the beltline like a stream of smoke in a wind tunnel. On the rear, intricate LED wraparound taillights stretch throughout the hatch horizontally.
When it first launches in Europe, the ID.7 will provide two powertrains, referred to as Professional and Professional S. The Professional will function 77-kilowatt-hours of usable battery (82 kWh gross). VW predicts this can present 382 miles of driving vary on the beneficiant WLTP cycle. Will probably be able to a charging charge of as much as 170 kW. The Professional S will function an 86-kWh (91 gross) battery proving 435 miles of vary, and a charging charge as much as 200 kW. Powering the rear wheels, the ID.7 makes use of a single electrical motor, offering 282 horsepower and 402 pound-feet of torque, that improves upon earlier VW motors with stronger magnets, a bigger variety of windings and an improved cooling system. It additionally will get a new-generation inverter for higher effectivity and upgraded gearbox elements to higher face up to the additional energy and torque.
Whereas different specifics stay scarce, particularly relating to U.S. variations, VW says it targets a spread of over 300 miles for the rear-wheel-drive model. We’ll additionally get and all-wheel-drive model with a 0-60 time within the low 5-second vary. On the reveal, VW additionally stated the ID.7 will function adaptive damping, with settings from Consolation to Sport, and automated changes when cornering.
Contained in the automobile, the cockpit is essentially uncluttered, with a small driver show (referred to as the ID. Show) built-in into the sprint exhibiting simply the necessities — it’s a severely minimized model of the same old instrument cluster exhibiting, as VW states, “legally prescribed customary info akin to pace and car warnings.” The remainder of the essential info will get projected in the usual augmented-reality head-up show — a primary for Volkswagen —together with issues like lane markings and switch arrows to assist with navigation. Whereas some data, just like the speedometer and pace restrict, are projected about 11 toes forward, different info like navigation directions seem 33 toes in entrance of the car.
In the midst of the sprint lives a 15-inch infotainment touchscreen with a brand new interface. The highest bar on the display screen makes use of an assignable “Direct Entry Button” that may open the primary menu containing an app overview. A “Automobile Management” button sits to its proper, then extra assignable buttons past that. The configurable dwelling display screen and Automobile Management display screen may be accessed with out closing no matter app is at present in use. Beneath the show are illuminated contact sliders for temperature and quantity controls. There’s additionally a brand new voice assistant to assist management car capabilities with out eradicating your arms from the wheel.
Up entrance, new-generation ergoActive seats provide 14 digital changes. They function an automated local weather mode, and temperature and moisture sensors within the seat can assist select the extent of warmth or cooling required. Ten air cushions within the seat again, and two bigger ones within the cushion, can present a pressure-point therapeutic massage.
Search for, and also you’ll see a brand new panoramic sunroof that includes “good glass.” It may be made clear or opaque with the contact of a management or by way of the voice assistant. It makes use of a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal layer, through which voltage may be utilized to trigger the crystals to rearrange themselves to both block the sunshine or let it by way of.
New within the ID.7 is the elective Park Professional Help, which may file the final 165 toes pushed when parking, so subsequent parking maneuvers in the identical location may be dealt with robotically whereas the motive force displays from contained in the automobile or exterior from a smartphone — excellent for these with a good storage. It could additionally drive out of a parking spot independently over a distance of as much as 81 toes.
The VW ID.7 will launch first in China and Europe, scheduled to hit the market in fall of this yr. It ought to attain the North American market in 2024.