Volkswagen has taken the wraps off its latest ID. The unveiling took place at the 2021 Auto Shanghai. The new model, to be known as the ID.6, is built on Volkswagen’s new MEB platform for EVs. It is designed based on the ID. Roomzz concept the company showed off in 2019.
The ID.6, according to Volkswagen, was developed specifically for China. It will be available as the ID.6 CROZZ and ID.6 X variants.
The CROZZ will be made in partnership with FAW in Foshan while the X will be made in partnership with SAIC in Anting. Both versions are mechanically the same but differ in styling. To make room for the extra row of seats, the ID.6 is 30 cm longer than its predecessor, the ID.4.
The car will offer two battery configurations; 58 kWh and 77 kWh. The battery is located under the passenger cabin, helping the car achieve better stability and handling. It will go 271 miles and 365 miles based on the battery option selected.
Options for the electric motor will be a single rear-mounted 132 kW or 150 kW setup and a dual setup with combined output of 225 kW. The dual-motor will make the vehicle go from 0 to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds. Top speed is 100 mile-per-hour, capped electronically.
The new ID will seat 7 passengers comfortably, but there will be an option for only six seats. Other than this, there is not much detail released yet about the interior. But it has been claimed there is not going to be a physical button or switch. There is going to be a 12-inch central screen that is touch enabled. This will be complemented by a voice assistant know as Hello ID.
First deliveries are expected around December. Pricing details are yet to be available.
Volkswagen has plans to release at least 8 ID. models in China in its push to have 50% of its global sales as electric vehicles by 2030.
CEO of Volkswagen, Ralf Brandstatter, said: “With the new ID.6, we are laying the foundations for at least 50 percent of our cars sold in China being electric by 2030. We are maintaining momentum and gradually increasing our range of MEB cars: By 2023, Volkswagen will have a total of eight ID. models in China, making MEB nationwide there. The economies of scale that we have achieved allow us to offer the latest technology at an affordable price – and thus further expand our electric offensive.”