After showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, the Volkswagen ID.7 electric sedan makes its official debut today at the Shanghai Auto Show. Sales of the ID.7 will begin in Europe and China this fall, and the car will reach the US in 2024. The price has not yet been specified, but it is expected that it will start at about 60 thousand euros in the EU countries.
ID.7 has a length of 4961 mm and a wheelbase of 2966 mm. In the trunk with a volume of 532 liters, there should be enough space even for a bulky load. The width is 1862mm without side mirrors and the height is 1538mm giving it an overall shape that is longer and taller than the Tesla Model 3.
The ID.7 will be able to charge much faster than the VW ID.4 crossover. While the ID.4 can take up to 125kW of DC fast charging, the ID.7 can take up to 170kW from a fast charging station, and the older ID.7 Pro S will be able to take 200kW. In addition, the ID.7 received a more powerful transmission than the ID.4, capable of producing 282 horsepower compared to 201 hp. at the last one. The 86 kWh battery is expected to allow the ID.7 to travel approximately 700 kilometers (435 miles) in accordance with the WLTP standard.
The ID.7 is based on the ID Aero concept, which was unveiled last year as a model destined for production in China. Like the concept, the new electric vehicle will be built on VW’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB), which also underpins other ID models such as the ID.4 and ID Buzz. The car will have an ultra-low drag coefficient of 0.235, which puts it on par with other German electric cars such as the BMW i4 and Mercedes-Benz EQS. The next generation MEB will serve as the platform for the ID.2all, a more affordable sub-$27,000 hatchback.
The VW ID.7 reimagines the cockpit design and also includes an augmented reality head-up display. A cluster of digital gauges is built into the dashboard behind the steering wheel. The 15-inch landscape screen has an all-new menu system that constantly displays heating and cooling controls and seat ventilation. Tactile sliders below the screen adjust the temperature, and the heated steering wheel can be turned on with voice activation.
The ID.7’s streamlined shape is designed to reduce drag, reduce power consumption and provide a longer stride than other models in its class. It is also important that the form factor of the car is a sedan. While most American automakers have eliminated sedans from their lineup in favor of heavier, higher-riding trucks and SUVs, European and Asian automakers continue to roll out new versions in hopes of winning over customers who still prefer smaller cars.
An interesting feature of the ID.7 is the presence of the Travel Assist driver assistance system. This is a swarm-type system, that is, it exchanges the collected data (about the roadway, curbs, markings and other important components) with other VW cars, thus forming a kind of swarm. The system is able to take over the longitudinal and lateral control of the car on the highway at a speed of 90 km / h and above. The ID.7 also supports motorway lane changes with Travel Assist.
The ID.7 can also self-park in a variety of ways using the Park Assist Pro system with a route memory function at a distance of up to 50 meters. The driver sits in the ID.7 or controls the parking process from outside with a smartphone app, without having to be in the car himself. Also, the car can independently leave the parking space – in this case, at a distance of up to 25 meters.
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