Volkswagen has announced the launch of its new flagship electric sedan, the ID.7, that is scheduled to arrive in North America next year. The company hopes this model will play a significant role in achieving its goal of making 80% of the Volkswagen brand’s sales in Europe and 50% of its sales in the US, electric vehicles by 2030.
The ID.7 is a large sedan with a unique hatchback design that not only allows for more headroom in the rear seats but also enhances the vehicle’s aerodynamic efficiency. VW’s new high-efficiency electric drivetrain and emphasis on aerodynamics help the ID.7 achieve a remarkable range of over 483km (300 miles) in its top-level trim. The company claims that the optional 86 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery will provide up to 700km (435 miles) of range on the European WLTP test cycle, while the base models will come with a 77 kWh battery that will provide an estimated (615km) 382 miles of range on the same cycle.
The ID.7’s interior comes with a heads-up display that replaces traditional dashboard instruments with images projected in the driver’s field of vision. It also has a large auto-dimming sunroof that can be controlled with voice commands.
Volkswagen plans to begin production of the ID.7 for Europe in the second half of 2023 at its plant in Emden, Germany, while production for Chinese customers will start in China before the year’s end. The car will also be built in Germany for North American customers and will be available in dealerships by 2024.
The ID.7 is part of Volkswagen’s ambitious plans to invest 180 billion euros ($200 billion) in future products and technologies between now and 2027, with a significant portion allocated for “electrification and digitalization.”
As Volkswagen CEO, Ralf Brandstätter, stated, “the ID.7 will be our largest and most premium electric SUV so far, aimed directly at customers in North America, China, and Europe.”
You can watch the VW ID.7 World Premiere below.