Volkswagen Group of America will showcase the new ID.7 electric vehicle (EV) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas between 5 and 8 January 2023. This will be the brand’s first fully electric saloon car based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform.
This will be Volkswagen’s sixth model in the ID family after the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 and ID.6 (only in China) models and the new ID. Buzz. The company will launch the electric saloon in three primary markets including China, Europe and North America.
For the show, the ID.7 will be clad in smart camouflage which uses unique technology and multi-layered paintwork to create light effects on parts of the vehicle. This is an interactive feature and symbolises the next step in the digitalisation of the future flagship model of the ID. family.
The ID. AERO concept vehicle initially presented in China provided a preview of this new model. It embodies an aerodynamic design concept and helps achieve a range of up to 435 miles (700km).
Thomas Schäfer, Volkswagen Passenger Cars CEO, said: “With the new ID.7, we are extending our electric model range into the upper segments. The sedan will offer top-class technology and quality.
“The ID.7 is one of 10 new electric models that we are planning to launch by 2026. Our goal? To deliver suitable products for our customers in every single segment.”
In terms of its looks and style, the ID.7 follows the design language of the fully electric ID. model family. The characteristic features of the electric saloon include the aerodynamic front section and roof that both help to reduce energy consumption and increase the range.
Air intakes located in the front end guide the air flowing through them down the sides of the vehicle to the rear in a targeted and efficient way. Combined with the roof sloping to the rear it contributes to the low drag coefficient of the ID.7.
Inside, the ID.7 there’s a new display concept with an augmented reality head-up display, a 15-inch screen, illuminated touch sliders and new air conditioning controls that are integrated into the first level of the infotainment system.
The new air conditioning concept with intelligent vents offers a number of functions. For instance, the ID.7 can detect when the driver is approaching based on their key and will already start to cool the interior on hot summer days or heat the interior on cold days before the driver gets into the vehicle.
Newly designed “Smart Air Vents” control the flow of air and move dynamically to distribute the air over large areas as quickly as possible. If there are passengers in the car, the air can be directed straight to the body or ventilate the interior indirectly.
These functions are visible at all times on the new large display and can be activated and saved individually for each user. Special requests can also be activated using voice commands.
The world premiere of the series production version of the ID.7 is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023.