We’ve known for a while that Volkswagen has been working on the ID for many years now. And after a barrage of rumours and speculations, yesterday the German automaker finally revealed the details of the ‘Aero,’ its answer to luxury sedans like the Tesla Model 3 and BMW i4.
“With the ID. AERO show car, we are revealing a preview of the next member of the ID. family. A car with an emotional and at the same time extremely aerodynamic design, a range of over 600 kilometres, an extraordinary amount of space and a premium interior,” said Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. “With our ACCELERATE strategy, we are intensively driving forward the electrification of our model range. Following the ID.4, this model will be our next global car for Europe, China and the US. ”
First things first though, the four-door Aero will be built in China and for China from next year. However, the German marquee will also be launching a similar version tailored for the American and European markets, which will be built in its Emden plant in Germany.
From the looks of it, the Aero perfectly slots into the premium mid-size sedan segment with a couple-like design and a longer wheelbase, which should translate to plenty of interior space. The front features a signature VW grille design, with a futuristic touch and a slim strip of LED Matrix headlamps running along the width of the nose. A similar treatment is seen on the rear as well.
From the side, the VW saloon looks around the same size as the Mercedes EQE, highlighted by the 22-inch alloy wheels, which themselves sport a turbine-like design. The whole smooth aerodynamic design isn’t exactly for show either, the Aero has a drag coefficient of 0.23. While we don’t have the power figures yet, we know that they’ll be built on the company’s MEB architecture and feature a 77kWh battery.
As far as the range is concerned, the Aero has claimed a WLTP range of 385 miles (620km), making it considerably more efficient than Volkswagen’s other models, some of which top out at 300 miles (483km)
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