2022 Volkswagen ID.6 Electric SUV Breaks Cover in China
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology website published photos of and information about the new 2022 Volkswagen ID.6. It’s an electric SUV with three rows of seats and a 7-passenger capacity, previewed by the Volkswagen ID.Roomzz Concept at the 2019 Auto Shanghai show. It goes on sale in China by the end of 2021.
According to Automotive News, Volkswagen Group is collaborating with China’s SAIC to build the ID.6 in a new Shanghai factory with a 300,000-unit capacity.
Volkswagen plans to offer the ID.6 in other markets but has not officially announced where they are or when the vehicle might arrive. A Volkswagen executive told a U.K. automotive publication in 2019 that the production version of the ID.Roomzz would be available in the U.S. The automaker recently made an $800 million investment in its Chattanooga, Tennessee facility to build electric vehicles (EVs), including the new ID.4 compact crossover SUV.
According to the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the ID.6 available to Chinese customers will have an 82-kWh lithium-ion battery and rear-wheel (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The AWD version has two electric motors and a total of 201 horsepower combined with immediate electric-motor torque.
The new Volkswagen ID.6 is built on Volkswagen Group’s modular MEB electric vehicle platform. In addition to forming the basis for the ID.4 and ID.6, the MEB platform will serve as the foundation for other EVs, and VW says it will build 20 million of them worldwide by 2029.
When the Volkswagen ID.6 arrives in the U.S., expect it to offer approximately 250 miles of maximum driving range. Standard DC Fast Charging compatibility should recharge the SUV for 60 additional miles of driving in just 10 minutes or bring the battery to 80% capacity in about 40 minutes.
Volkswagen’s IQ Drive advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) will also be ready to help prevent collisions and provide Travel Assist Level 2 adaptive cruise control with lane-centering as well as an automatic emergency assistance feature.
Volkswagen, Automotive News, and the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology are the sources of information for this article. It was accurate on February 8, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.