LAS VEGAS – Volkswagen choose the CES in Las Vegas to announce the arrival of ID.7! the fully electric sedan based on the MEB electric modular platform and to do so presents the car with a particular electroluminescent livery which leaves in the mouth. We previewed it on a cold night here in Las Vegas, though sadly we didn’t get to appreciate the interior.
Volkswagen ID.7! the new electric sedan
We saw the new one live Volkswagen ID.7 but only from the outside. The interiors were not accessible. The version shown here at CES in Las Vegas is covered in a special Smart Camouflage, which uses unique technology and a multi-layered paint – not a film – to create light effects on parts of the car. To create it, 40 layers of paint were applied, some of which are conductive while others have insulating properties. A total of 22 areas of the vehicle can be controlled separately and are electrified under the top coat of paint (electroluminescence) so that they light up.
This interactive function – obviously not available at the time of purchase – symbolizes the next step in the digitization of the future flagship model of the ID family. 100% electric. The ID concept car. AERO initially presented in China has already provided a preview of the new model, which embodies an aerodynamic design concept and is capable – on paper – of reaching WLTP ranges of up to 700 kilometres.
What’s new in ID.7
The new ID.7 – presented here at CES in Las Vegas – meets the requests of users who have already approached the world of ID cars with some improvements compared to the past, including air conditioning and general comfort.
Here are the main changes regarding the interior:
- The new arrangement and configuration of the displays
- The augmented reality head-up display
- A central 38 cm (15 inch) diagonal screen
- New climate controls integrated into the first level of the infotainment system and now FINALLY backlit
- Illuminated touch cursors
The new air conditioning system with intelligent flow management will offer numerous functions. For example, if the ID.7 detects that the driver is approaching based on the position of his key, it will already start to cool the cabin on summer days or heat it on cold days before the driver gets into the car.
The newly developed Smart Air Vents will control airflow and move dynamically to distribute air over large areas as quickly as possible. Depending on the passengers’ preferences, the air can be directed to the body or indirectly ventilate the interior. These functions are visible at all times on the new large display and each user can choose and memorize their favorite ones. Special requests can be activated using voice commands.
If the user says “Hello Volkswagen, my hands are cold!”, ID.7 will respond by starting the steering wheel heating function. At the same time, warm air is directed towards the hands.
Aerodynamic design for 700km range
In terms of style, the new ID.7 follows the design language of the ID family. The distinguishing features of this 4.98-long sedan are its streamlined front section and roof, both of which help reduce energy consumption and increase range. The air inlets at the front guide the flow flowing through them along the sides of the vehicle to the rear in a targeted manner. They therefore form an air curtain, which reduces turbulence on the sides of the vehicle. The roof slopes to the rear and thus contributes to the ID.7’s excellent drag coefficient. The range is up to about 700 kilometres.
Volkswagen ID.7 will be launched in the three primary markets of China, Europe and North America. For the European market, it will be produced at the Volkswagen plant in Emden (Germany). Price availability are not yet made public.