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With today’s world premiere of the concept vehicle ID. AERO in China, the Volkswagen Group is giving a preview of the brand’s first global all-electric sedan, which is intended to be a counterpart to the Audi A6 e-tron concept, which is also already on display as a near-series model. The future model is to be offered with priority on the Chinese market in the upper middle class sedan segment. The aerodynamic design should nevertheless create a generous amount of space in the interior. The production version for China is expected to be launched in the second half of 2023. Also for 2023, Volkswagen plans to launch a European production model in Emden.

“With the show car ID. AERO we give a preview of the next member of the ID. Family. A car with an emotional and at the same time very aerodynamic design, a range of more than 600 kilometers, exceptional space and a premium interior,” advertises Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Executive Officer of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.

After the ID.4, this model will be the next “world car” for the regions of Europe, China and the USA, according to the VW boss. The concept vehicle is almost five meters long and was designed to be aerodynamic. Its sloping coupe-style roof is said to contribute to a good drag coefficient of 0.23. The modular electric drive matrix (MEB) also enables short overhangs, a long wheelbase and a good feeling of space. A lithium-ion battery with a net energy content of 77 kWh serves as energy storage. Through the interaction of efficient drive and the very good aerodynamic properties, the Stromer should achieve long-distance ranges of up to 620 kilometers according to WLTP. The wind flows optimally over the aerodynamically designed front and roof sections. The slightly retracted tail with spoiler lip calms the air flow. The sporty 22-inch two-tone wheels are designed in the style of a turbine and integrated flush into the wheel arches. Classic door handles are replaced by illuminated touch surfaces that further reduce air resistance.

Against political odds: e-offensive in China

With the close-to-production study of the ID. Aero, the group wants to push its electric offensive in China. After ID.3, ID.4 and ID.6, the production version will be the fourth all-electric model series in China, which is expected to be available in the second half of 2023. There will be two variants there – one for each Volkswagen joint venture. With the help of the regional strategy, the manufacturer wants to become the leading supplier of sustainable vehicles in China. By 2030, at least every second vehicle sold in China should be an electric vehicle.

The front is characterized by the typical VW honeycomb structures (“honeycombs”) and is divided horizontally into two in the bumper. A circumferential, narrow light strip to the left and right of the illuminated VW logo and above the LED matrix headlights across the front end into the fenders and side sections should also ensure distinctiveness. The light strip is visually continued with interruptions to the rear end. The dominant rear has a distinctive dark light stripe and honeycomb LED taillight cluster. The mid-range Stromer should demonstrate the flexibility of the all-electric MEB architecture, which can be adapted for vehicles of different shapes and sizes, from crossovers to SUVs, minibuses and spacious sedans.

The production version of the ID. Aero for Europe is expected to roll off the assembly line at the Emden plant in 2023. With the volume production of e-vehicles, Emden, as one of the first Volkswagen plants of this type in Lower Saxony, should make a significant contribution to electrifying the model range and reducing CO2The manufacturer hopes to reduce emissions from the entire new vehicle fleet.

What does that mean?

Finally, from the parent company of the reasonable family sedan, there is also a full-electric vehicle instead of the umpteenth variety of SUV crossover high-roof vehicles. The ID Aero, which should go into series production, sets a pleasant counter-accent and also impresses visually compared to the long-legged and always somehow jittery terrain cruisers, whether they are called ID.4, 5 or 6. It is obvious that the crouched line not only has advantages in terms of appearance, but above all in terms of emissions. To stay with the image, the range of 600 kilometers should not have been pulled out of thin air. Audi also communicated with the near-series counterpart A6 e-tron concept with such values.

The downside is that the vehicle is far too late and an e-sedan and an e-station wagon should have been there long ago. Incidentally, as does an electric compact station wagon in the Golf class, which the up-and-coming Chinese brand MG is now bringing. It’s also a pity that the priority is on China. And of course that limousines are no longer “hip” with local customers. Which raises the “question of potential demand” and at the same time explains why the group is only now showing up with such a “must have” and automotive standard product. One can only hope for one thing: that in the course of the energy crisis everyone will get off their high horse. We simply cannot afford the energy-wasting luxury of rolling high seats. And that people are finally driving cars like they used to be: Flat, spacious, good instead of square, impractical, SUV!