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This has been quite the week for concepts, and Volkswagen made a stylish splash with the world premiere of the ID. AERO concept in China. The sleek, aerodynamic design has caught the attention of many, and it will create a new luxe option for customers in the Chinese market who want the latest technology in their limousines (that’s a sedan to US buyers).
Like all of Volkswagen’s ID. models, this new concept is based on VW’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB, the same platform believed to underpin the German brand’s upcoming pickup collaboration with Ford), and carries forward the design language of the ID. family with its flowing and precise exterior construction.
The ID. AERO will have a range of more than 600 kilometers (372 miles) thanks to its powerful lithium-ion battery with a net energy content of 77 kWh, an efficient drive system, and outstanding aerodynamics.
So many details go into the design language of the ID. AERO to give it a fantastic drag coefficient of 0.23. The elegantly sloping roof looks like it belongs on a coupe, but it pairs intelligently with the drawn-in rear end that separates the airflow. The 22-inch wheels are integrated flush into the wheel housings, and classic door handles have been replaced with illuminated touch surfaces, further reducing drag (hence the “AERO” name, natch).
The ID. AERO shows off the purely electric MEB architecture’s flexibility and how it can be adapted for various shapes and sizes of vehicle. The MEB expands what electric mobility can mean, from long ranges to broad digital connectivity and over-the-air update capabilities.
The release of the ID. AERO is part of the global ACCELERATE strategy at VW, which focuses on creating more EVs, offering full connectivity in said vehicles, and developing more autonomous cars. After the ID.4, the ID. AERO will be Volkswagen’s next global car for China, Europe, and the US
The Chinese production version is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2023. Meanwhile, the VW Group is also planning to begin production of a European series version of the limo in Emden in 2023.
Volkswagen ID. AERO Gallery
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