Volkswagen ID. Aero Concept Preview

Chris Teague | Jun 28, 2022

The Volkswagen (VW) ID line of electric vehicles (EVs) is expanding rapidly and will eventually include a full range of electric models in various shapes and sizes. The ID.4 compact SUV is already on the road. Soon, we’ll see the ID. Buzz electric van and other models, but VW’s looking to the future with a new concept car. The ID. Aero concept is a sleek premium electric sedan with stunning range and futuristic style, and it’s close to becoming a reality.

Volkswagen ID. AERO Concept Polar Light Blue Metallic Front Quarter View

While some concept cars never make it to production or only make it after significant design changes, VW says the ID. Aero (pictured) is close to production. According to VW, the car’s sweeping roofline and extended length give it an exceptional drag coefficient of just 0.23. VW also says each element of the ID. Aero’s bodywork improves airflow in some way, such as the 22-inch wheels’ flush-mounting with the wheel housing, the specially shaped roofline, and the unique rear-end shape that splits the air as it flows off the car.

The ID. Aero also features an LED light strip that connects the front end with the fenders and quarter panels. The visual line extends to the back of the car, where VW arranged the LED taillights in a horizontal strip across the back deck. Both light fixtures feature VW’s signature honeycomb pattern, and VW split the front fog lights into three individual units built into the lower grille.

Volkswagen ID. AERO Concept Polar Light Blue Metallic Side Profile View

At more than 16 feet long, the ID. Aero is just over a foot shorter than some configurations of the Ford F-150, but the automaker says that expanse provides tangible benefits inside. Volkswagen’s MEB platform allows it to stretch the wheels further to each corner, providing a long wheelbase and better space inside. The ID. Aero comes with a 77-kWh battery that delivers a range of up to 385 miles (620 km) on the WLTP standard.

When it reaches production, the ID. Aero will become a significant component of VW’s electrification strategy in China, where it’s the fourth EV model from the automaker. VW will offer two versions, depending on which of the automaker’s Chinese joint ventures sells it, and the company says that by 2030, half of its vehicle sales in the country will be electric.

Volkswagen ID. AERO Concept Polar Light Blue Metallic Rear Quarter View

Volkswagen says it will begin building the ID. Aero in 2023 at its factory in Emden, Germany. The facility will be one of the automaker’s first factories for volume EV production and will become a big part of its electrification efforts in the future. Though it’s focused on growth in China, Volkswagen will sell the ID. Aero in Europe and, later, North America.

Volkswagen is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of June 28, 2022, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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