Touareg-sized electric model is set for Shanghai show unveiling as German giant targets Tesla rivalry
10 December 2018

Volkswagen is preparing to unveil the fifth member of its new ID range of electric models.

A seven-seat SUV, which goes under the internal working title ID Lounge, will be revealed at the Shanghai motor show in April. It is being developed as a luxurious range-topping model with exterior and interior dimensions similar to the German firm’s new third-generation Touareg.

Based around the largest version of Volkswagen’s new MEB platform – as used by the ID Buzz MPV – with a wheelbase of 3300mm, the ID Lounge is planned to join the car maker’s line-up in 2021 as a rival to the likes of the Tesla Model X and Nio ES8.

Power for the four-wheel-drive SUV is expected to come from a driveline similar to that featured in the ID Buzz.

It uses two electric motors, one acting on the front wheels and the other powering the rear wheels, delivering a combined system output of 369bhp.

As hinted at by the earlier ID Buzz concept, the most luxurious of Volkswagen’s upcoming ID models is expected to receive a 111kWh lithium ion battery and a range of up to 600km (372 miles). 

The ID Lounge is among three electric-powered SUV models that are planned to be introduced by Volkswagen by the end of 2022. It will join two versions of the high-riding ID Crozz, each with its own distinct bodystyle.

The first ID Crozz model to go on sale, in 2021, is described as the more practical, with the second – due in showrooms in 2022 – featuring a coupé-like profile similar in appearance to the earlier ID Crozz concept.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen officials have denied rumours suggesting the first ID model will be known under the name Neo. “The Neo name was an internal working title, but it is not the name the first ID model will be marketed under,” said a source with knowledge of Volkswagen’s new model plans. 

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10 December 2018

What we’re needing is not an up to figure for Range,we are needing a minimum, and, I’m not a fan of the rear end either, it looks to contrived to me....

Peter Cavellini.

10 December 2018

EV's have to be upper range as they are too expensive to manufacture and sell at the bottom of the range.

10 December 2018

Another day and another VAG EV story for the future

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

10 December 2018
You hit the proverbial nail on the head.
More VW spin.

10 December 2018
xxxx wrote:

Another day and another VAG EV story for the future

 

Not only that, but another story to justify that VW is luxury. If they are so confident, then they should sell off Audi, otherwise what's the point of Audi ?

10 December 2018

Thats all VW do these days. All talk and very little action. I dont understand how Auto car believce their readers (mostly car fanatics) will buy this P.R BS Is this what we are going to have to put up with until 2020? VW are doing themselves zero favours with this constant speculation and misleading narrative.

Daz

10 December 2018

To all those who moaned yesterday about Autocar producing an article on a manufacturer with only 4.5% market share, and then moan about another article about a manufacturer who group has most of the market share - if you were editor of autocar, how would you fill the pages of your magazine? Remember you've got to produce several articles per day.

Hats of to Autocar staff, not sure I could stomach beinging constantly moaned at.  People may well moan at the product, but don't shoot the messenger.

10 December 2018

I'm now going to moan at Autocar staff...  why no edit facitlity?

10 December 2018

I'm not happy.

10 December 2018
Just like the venerable Autocar, I love talking about VW cars that do not exist yet and will not exist for another few years. Meanwhile Model 3 is going to make a land fall in Europe in a couple of months time. Considering that Model S has out sold the S Class and the 7 Series in Europe this year, I guess it IS big news!

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