The Volkswagen ID Aero Concept has been officially revealed and it looks like a thinly veiled production sedan. It will be the seventh vehicle on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB architecture. Previous models on that platform include the ID 3, ID 4, ID 5, ID 6, and ID Buzz. Like most modern sedans, the ID Aero features a low, coupe-like roofline to help it slip through the air better.
As for the rest of the car, you know it’s a Volkswagen product. The front end features the same light treatment as the latest Golf GTI and ID 4 with diamond patterns. In the rear, the Volkswagen ID Aero Concept continues that theme with full-width LED taillights getting the same treatment but in a honeycomb layout. A rear spoiler improves the car’s stability and aerodynamic performance. Volkswagen swapped traditional door handles for touchpads to further improve the car’s wind-cheating capabilities.
Volkswagen ID Aero Concept: Sleek and Capable
At nearly five meters or 196.8 inches long, the ID Aero splits the difference between a midsize and full-size sedan. Volkswagen says that it has a 0.23 coefficient of drag, putting the car in the same ballpark as the Tesla Model 3. Power comes from a 77-kWh battery, which allows the ID Aero to travel up to 385 miles in the WLTP cycle. Power figures remain unknown. Should it get a dual-motor version, expect around 295 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque like the ID 4 AWD. However, Volkswagen may up the output of the production ID Aero to distinguish it from its siblings.
As for the MEB platform itself, Volkswagen could use the updated version on the production ID Aero. Together with a longer driving range, this could give the car faster DC charging rates of up to 200 kW. Additionally, these factors improve the vehicle’s viability for long-distance driving, especially in the U.S.
Is it Coming to the U.S.?
Although Volkswagen only confirmed the Chinese and European markets for the production ID Aero, it’s also coming to the U.S. Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of Volkswagen’s passenger car division, noted that the ID Aero is the brand’s next world car, confirming that its arrival. Since the company recently discontinued the North American Passat, it has room for a big sedan. However, it will likely come in 2024, a year after the Chinese and European market versions go into production. U.S.-spec cars will be built at Volkswagen’s plant in Emden, Germany.