Volkswagen presented a design sketch of its new ID. Aero sedan for China on Wednesday. The low-slung four-door is initially intended for the Chinese market, but a version will arrive in North America and Europe later this decade. Its world premiere is scheduled for June 27 at 8 a.m.
VW calls ID. Aero the first all-electric limousine for the Chinese market. Despite the pandemic, the country hit nearly 50,000 new millionaires last year according to Statista, and since it’s cheaper to hire a driver there than in the US, many of them use vehicles limousine type with driver. That’s why Lincoln, Audi and other automakers put their biggest cars on sale in this country first.
The vehicle is part of the company’s Accelerate plan to introduce at least one new electric model every year globally, starting in 2021 with the ID.4 GTX. VW wants 70% of its cars to be fully electric by 2030, twice as many as expected.
It is also investing billions of dollars in mobility, software updates and autonomous driving.
The identity. Aero is based on the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform which is also used for the ID. 4 crossing and ID. Buzz van, using some of the same design language. The nose and tail in particular are designed to cheat the wind most effectively. It is also inspired by the beautiful Volkswagen Arteon sedan.
At 197 inches, the VW ID. Aero is about 5 inches larger than the Arteon, providing more interior space for the driver and passenger.
That puts it in the same category as the Tesla Model S and Lucid Air, although it shouldn’t be as expensive as those. The Audi e-tron GT and the new Polestar 5 will be closer competitors.
The new sedan will sit at the top of VW’s electric lineup, which so far only includes the ID.4 here in the US.
The North American version of the new ID for seven passengers. Buzz van will debut in early 2023, but its 2024 on-sale date has not been determined. It has also not been determined whether it will be listed as a 2024 or 2025 model.
VW says ID. The Aero concept is expected to go on sale in China in the second half of 2023. Around the same time, the company will launch a production version for Europe and North America. The Aero will be produced at the company’s factory in Emden, Germany. More details will be revealed next week.