NEW YORK — Volkswagen's new global flagship BEV sedan, the ID7, promises to be the German brand's most efficient vehicle ever, with a more competitive range, an extremely aerodynamic shape and an interior packed full of innovative successors to currently popular analog equipment.
Due to arrive in Europe and China this year and temporarily known as the ID Aero, a version will be exported from Germany to U.S. dealerships in 2024 as a 2025 model year vehicle, a VW of America spokesman confirmed. It was revealed globally Monday during concurrent events in Europe, China and New York.
The U.S. version, the VW ID7 Pro, will come equipped with an 82-kWh battery pack capable of fast-charging at up to 170 kW. It will be powered by a 282-hp permanent magnet synchronous motor and two-stage single-speed gearbox, a powertrain combination that the brand newly developed for the ID7.
In Europe, the roughly Passat-sized ID7 is expected to have a range of up to 700 km. However, the spokesman said the brand was targeting a range of 300 miles under the EPA test cycle for the 2025 ID7, though a specific rating is not yet available.
In terms of exterior styling, the 195.3-inch long ID7 sports a fastback design and other features to improve aerodynamics, and is just 60.6 inches tall. It's coefficient of drag is an impressive 0.23, identical to the current generation Tesla Model 3. The design is augmented with LED lighting and distinctive lit trim strips across the fascia and rear.