Volkswagen ID.7 debuts as new long-distance all-electric sedan
Volkwagen's ID.7 has rolled up to its international premiere to bring 5-door sedans to its all-electric family of cars at long last. The marque has now made its new 'electric Passat' design official, displaying it in the form of solid glossy white and royal blue pre-production units for the first time.
Volkswagen has equipped the ID.7 with the full power and torque of the APP550 on the new drive's very first outing in this car. Nevertheless, it is also touted as the company's new "efficiency champion" thanks to its "coupé-style" sloping roof, a ~5-meter (m) length and a "long" wheelbase, which helps confer an "excellent" drag coefficient of ~0.23 on the ID.7.
That spec contributes to an estimated range of 435 miles (or 700 kilometers (km)) - albeit with the ID.7's new top-end battery, which has 86 kilowatt-hours of net capacity. Going for the other 77kWh option may get the buyer up to 382 miles (615km) between charges, which are rated to at up to 200kW on DC power.
Volkswagen also backs the ID.7 for comfort, with (optional) Climatronic seats, a panoramic smart-glass sun-roof and a 15-inch (38cm) infotainment display that, while upgraded to top-level air-conditioning controls, still seems to lack physical buttons.
Regardless, Volkswagen might argue that its response to "natural" voice control and "Travel Assist with swarm data" that supports semi-automatic lane-changes and the ability to park itself with the driver standing outside to oversee its maneuvers with a connected smartphone.
The ID.7 will launch in Europe and China before the end of 2023, with a 2024 debut in North America to follow. However, Volkswagen has yet to tell us everything about the new car, how much it will cost (and how fast it can go) per region included.