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Just days after entry-level ID Life was shown, Volkswagen's new EV saloon has broken cover
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10 September 2021

Following the launch of the coupé-backed ID 5 SUV later this year, Volkswagen will turn its attention to developing a production version of the rakish ID Vizzion concept for launch in 2023.

It will essentially serve as the electric equivalent to the combustion-engined Passat, giving Volkswagen a sorely needed rival to electric executive market leaders like the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2.

The newcomer will be available first in saloon form, as seen here, before an estate-bodied version, based on the ID Space Vizzion concept, arrives. Although the exterior dimensions will largely match the combustion-engined Passat's, the interior is expected to offer space on a par with the Phaeton flagship, which bowed out in 2016.

A name has not yet been confirmed. It was originally thought to be called the ID 6, but that moniker has now been taken by Volkswagen's large China-only electric SUV. It is being developed under the codename Aero-B. 

As reported by Autocar last year, the new ID model will use Volkswagen's full-sized MEB architecture and will follow the ID 4 in being offered with a choice of rear- or four-wheel-drive powertrains. A GTX performance model will follow later, as has been confirmed to be the case for most ID models.

Last year, then head of R&D Frank Welsch told Autocar the GTX version will be capable of 0-62mph in around 5.6sec.

Equipped with the largest battery available – thought to be 84kWh in capacity – the ID saloon should manage 431 miles per charge, slightly more than the longest-range version of Mercedes-Benz's new EQE. Smaller batteries taken from other ID models, ranging from 58kWh to 77kWh, will no doubt be available. 


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Citytiger 12 September 2021

Love the fake exhausts, I hope they reach production.. 

Alexander Johnston 11 September 2021

The Nissan Ariya 87kwh will be worth waiting for.

artill 10 September 2021

All other VW ID cars and their VAG group versions look too tall and narrow. This doesnt. it looks like a normal car. Its dull, but it is a VW EV so its supposed to be dull. What was everyone else expecting?