By Cars.com EditorsJanuary 4, 2023
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Volkswagen Unveils the ID.7 Electric Sedan
(upbeat music) We're here today standing next to the newest pure electric vehicle from Volkswagen, the I-D 7. This is V-W's first all electric sedan.
It's the production version of the I-D Aero concept that Volkswagen unveiled last summer, and it shares its basic underpinnings with V-W's I-D 4, electric compact S-U-V. Volkswagen isn't quite ready to show us the full production I-D 7 just yet, that reveal is scheduled for later this springs so this show car is cloaked in an elaborate camouflage scheme. The one-off finish consists of 40 coats of paint with electrified sections that can light up interactively, and you won't see it on any production version, it's strictly for the show floor. Though the two share a similar design language, the I-D 7 will almost certainly be lower, and more aerodynamic, than its I-D 4 sibling. V-W estimates the I-D 7 is capable of a driving range of about 435 miles, based on European testing procedures, which is comfortably above 300 miles by American E-P-A standards. No info on the I-D 7's power trains has been released, but it's a safe bet they'll be similar to the I-D 4's. A 77 kilowatt-hour battery pack, paired with rear wheel drive, and a single 201 horsepower electric motor, or if V-W chooses to offer it, a dual-motor all-wheel drive version with 295 horsepower. The I-D 7's overall length of about 195 inches, puts it in the mid-size sedan category, and it's long for the class wheel base of about 117 inches, should give it a spacious cabin for its exterior size. Among the interior's features, are a 15-inch infotainment touchscreen, an augmented reality head up display, and illuminated touch sliders for setting the temperature of the climate controls. Hopefully, the I-D 7 will improve upon the irritating touch sensitive controls, and laggy touchscreen interface, that frustrated us in our tests of the I-D 4. The I-D 7's climate controls can begin cooling the vehicle when it detects the driver's key fob approaching, and motorized smart air vents can be customized to suit occupant preferences, or dynamically react to climatic conditions, like the position of the sun, automatically adjusting the temperature setting and position of the air vents, accordingly. The I-D 7's voice command system is also paired to the climate controls, saying, "Hey Volkswagen, my hands are cold". will turn on the heated steering wheel, and direct warm air from the vents at the driver's hands, on the wheel. The I-D 7's model year hasn't been determined just yet, but the car is slated to go on sale in 2024, probably shortly after the retro styled I-D Buzz van, another highly anticipated Volkswagen electric vehicle, hits dealerships. If you wanna learn more about the I-D 7 and other electric vehicles, check out cars.com.