Volkswagen has previewed its long-awaited Tesla Model 3 rival with a sleek, low-slung concept called the ID Aero.
Based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, the new four-door model is planned to go on sale in China during the second half of 2023, with production initially set to take place at Volkswagen joint venture partners FAW (First Automobile Works) and SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) in the cities of Changchun and Shanghai respectively.
European production of the approximately five-metre saloon will take place at Volkswagen’s Emden plant in Germany, with right-hand-drive UK sales slated to begin in the first half of 2024, according to officials from the German car maker.
An estate version of the new model – called the Tourer – is also mooted, though it isn’t likely to see production until 2025 at the earliest.
Autocar has been told the ID Aero will take the ID 6 saloon name in production, positioning it alongside the Chinese-market-only Volkswagen ID 6 SUV at the head of the ID line-up.
The production version will be the fifth ID-badged model to go on sale in Europe after the Volkswagen ID 3, Volkswagen ID 4 SUV, Volkswagen ID 5 SUV and recently unveiled Volkswagen ID Buzz. Alongside China and Europe, it is also planned to be sold in the US.
Adopting the smooth-surfaced design established on other recently introduced ID models, the ID Aero concept is said to closely resemble the production version of Volkswagen’s fifth ID model with only minimal changes expected when the production version is unveiled at next year’s Shanghai motor show.
A prominent Volkswagen badge forms the centrepiece of the ID Aero’s front-end styling. It is intersected by a light bar housing recessed headlights with new LED graphics either side. Below, there is a structured bumper with three individual vertically stacked daytime-running lights at each corner and a high gloss black insert in the middle. A short bonnet takes full advantage of the packaging advantages offered by the MEB platform.