Volkswagen‘s ID.7, part of the automaker’s ID lineup, will soon be joining its siblings: the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, ID.6 globally, and the ID.Buzz electric van. The ID.7 has been described by Volkswagen as their largest most premium electric model yet.
Volkswagen recently gave us a preview of the ID.7 electric sedan at CES this January. They promised that this flagship EV would offer performance significantly superior to any of their previously released MEB-based models. Following this, in April, Volkswagen officially presented the ID.7 to the world and simultaneously began offering it in crucial markets such as North America, Europe, and China.
Interestingly, the ID.7 will initially be available in its Pro variant. This model will be equipped with a 77-kWh battery, offering a range of up to 610 km (WLTP). A later version, the ID.7 Pro S, will feature an 86-kWh battery, which promises a range of up to 700 km (WLTP). Although the range might be slightly reduced when it makes its debut in the US market, it’s still expected to fall within the mid-to-upper 450 km bracket. Designed with long road trips in mind, Volkswagen’s “electric limousine” promises extended driving capabilities, coupled with a spacious, comfortable interior and cutting-edge tech.
Highlighting its aerodynamic prowess, the ID.7 is distinguished by its low frontal design, a smooth transition to the bonnet, a coupe-styled roof, and a tapered rear. Additionally, the car boasts a near-completely closed underbody, newly crafted wheel spoilers, and side air curtains that channel air with minimal energy loss. Volkswagen has labeled their latest creation an “efficiency champion,” lauding its aerodynamic refinements and its latest drive technology.
Production for the ID.7 kicked off at Volkswagen’s Emden plant this Monday according to electrek. This electric sedan is anticipated to hit the European market this autumn, with its North American release planned for 2024.
In a recent post on social media, Volkswagen commemorated the “symbolic start of production of the limousine at our #Emden plant.” Thomas Shafer, CEO of Volkswagen passenger cars, applauded the team and the vehicle, saying, “The ID.7 is a top car from a top team. A big compliment to all our colleagues in Emden who have been so active in making the start of production a full success. Thanks everyone for your commitment!”
In the broader scope, the ID.7 is just one among ten new electric vehicles that Volkswagen plans to introduce between now and 2026. Among these upcoming models is an entry-level variant priced under 25,000 euros (approx. $37,000 CDN) and a new compact electric SUV.
Lastly, it’s worth noting that Volkswagen has committed a significant sum – over one billion euros (about $1.1 billion) – to modify the Emden site, aligning it with their electrified vision for the future.