This is the Volkswagen ID. Aero, Volkswagen’s electric car to compete with Tesla and the Model 3

Volkswagen has made official the conceptual design of the next member of its ID. family, the Volkswagen ID. Aero. It is the advance of a four-door electric car that will hit the streets in 2023 with up to 620 kilometers of autonomy and that it is expected that according to the model that the German firm shows today, it will retain a large part of the design.

Like all electric cars in the ID. that Volkswagen has presented to date, the ID. Aero is built around the Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular platform, and uses the largest battery pack that this base can hold, with the same 77 kWh of capacity offered by models such as the ID.3 or ID.4, although the model will probably also be offered with lower capacity batteries in its more accessible versions when it begins to be marketed.

The brand has not specified exact dimensions for the body of the ID Aero, and about its size they only declare that it is a “premium mid-size saloon”. Based on this, the autonomy of up to 620 kilometers, since it is a model designed to be marketed globally (the production model will be sold in Europe, China and the United States), it is impossible to ignore that Volkswagen aims its model at Tesla Model 3, which at 4.75 meters long is a D-segment model that is marketed globally with up to 632 kilometers of autonomy.

Volkswagen ID.  electric aero.
Volkswagen ID. Aero.

Among other aspects, Volkswagen highlights a drag coefficient of 0.23, which they describe as excellent. Other comparables such as the Tesla Model 3 or the Mercedes EQE (although the latter belongs to the E segment) achieve coefficients of 0.23 and 0.22, respectively.

Aerodynamics marks the exterior design of the Volkswagen ID. Aero in its entirety, something that is evident when observing the profile of the model, since it is easy to see that the body enjoys the characteristic profile with tear or drop of water design. It is a silhouette widely used by manufacturers when designing cars with an efficient cut, since it allows the body to flow through the air with less effort than a conventional one.

The exterior design of the Volkswagen ID. Aero is finished off with 22-inch diameter wheels and a black roof that contrasts with the metallic gloss paint, a tone that although it appears white, Volkswagen calls it Polar Light Blue Metallic.

Volkswagen ID.  electric aero.
Volkswagen ID. Aero.

Given Volkswagen catalogs the ID. air like a “close to production” model“, it is to be expected that the car that reaches the streets will largely retain the design that the brand shows. Among the elements most likely to change before entering the production line, we can expect that the door handles will be conventional in instead of tactile, as well as both front and rear headlights with a more organic and less futuristic interior design but with the same proportions and size.

The German firm has not published images related to its interior. On this, he has limited himself to declaring that within the possibilities of the MEB platform they have stretched the battle to the maximum (the distance between the front and rear axles), which allows the ID. Aero impress thanks to a generous interior space, according to the brand itself.

Volkswagen ID.  electric aero.
Volkswagen ID. Aero.

As usual in Volkswagen, the Germans have allowed themselves to limit the arrival of the production model that anticipates the ID. Aero. In Europe, production will begin at the brand’s German factory in Emden in 2023.while the two versions that Volkswagen is preparing for China (one for each partner, as is the case with the ID.6), will hit the streets in the second half of next year.

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