On January 4, Volkswagen unveiled its latest model, the Volkswagen ID.7, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, USA. The car is positioned as a mid-size pure electric sedan and is the 6th model in the Volkswagen ID. family.
Currently, the ID.7 unveiled by Volkswagen is still heavily disguised, but it is not difficult to see that the appearance of the ID.7 retains many elements of the concept car ID. AERO.
My favorite point on the disguised car’s appearance is the taillight design of the ID.7. When the vehicle does not light up the taillights, the light group is a long white strip. When they are lit, they become a red one-piece light strip, and there are small decorations inside that look very high-tech and powerful.
The ID.7 unveiled this time is in the form of a three-box sedan. According to the design of the concept car, a wagon version of the ID.7 will be launched in the future, which is also a consistent tradition of Volkswagen’s mid-size car strategic layout.
Volkswagen said that while the ID.7 inherited the design of the ID. family, it also used a lot of aerodynamic design. Although the specific wind resistance coefficient has not been announced, the official WLTP range of the ID.7 will reach 700 kilometers.The translated English Markdown text with HTML tags preserved:
Compared with ID.4/6 that uses 84.8 kWh, the range of ID.7 has significantly improved. It is expected that ID.7 will provide a larger battery of 111 kWh with the same long wheelbase as ID.Buzz.
According to Volkswagen official description, ID.7 still uses the existing MEB electric platform of Volkswagen Group, and the wheelbase of the vehicle reaches 2,970 mm. This wheelbase is almost the same as the 2,965 mm wheelbase of the current ID.6 X/CROZZ, which is sold in China. Compared to the wheelbase of Passat and Magotan in China, the length has been increased by 100 mm, and the improvement in size is considerable.
On the brand-new ID.7, the most significant change is the intelligent cockpit of the vehicle. At present, the most criticized point of the ID.3/4/6 by users is the car system, which seems to have little relationship with ID’s intelligence and digitization due to the poor operation logic, stability, and functionality.
Volkswagen utilizes a brand-new car system on ID.7, with the central control screen updated to 15 inches and more comprehensive on the interface.
The bottom has a Dock bar, which can respectively control air conditioning and other seat-related comfort operations. The top has software control, vehicle settings, automatic parking, assisted driving settings, and mode selection. Besides, a frequently-used shortcut can be added to ID.7, which significantly improves its logical design compared with existing ID. series.
Volkswagen has implemented a new design called the “intelligent air guide blade” in its air conditioning system, which is already quite common in new forces, such as Tesla Model 3 and Xiaopeng P7. In the ID.7, the air flow can be set to blow towards the passengers, or automatically blow in other directions to circulate the air inside the car. The air flow can be seen in real time on the central control screen.
The “Hello Volkswagen” voice assistant in the ID.7 also has more intelligent changes. Volkswagen said that when a user says, “Hello Volkswagen, my hands are cold!”, the ID.7 will activate the steering wheel heating function and automatically blow warm air towards the hand area. Improved semantic understanding finally brings a little intelligence to Volkswagen’s car system.
In addition, backlit air conditioning and volume adjustment touch buttons have finally appeared on the ID.7. On the current ID. series, the bottom of the touch buttons has an infrared sensing module, which makes it extremely easy to misoperate because it cannot be designed as a backlit. The ID.7 redefines the buttons and finally eliminates the need for blind nighttime operation. According to spy photos leaked some time ago, the new generation Passat and the eighth-generation Golf redesign will also feature this design.
With the development of technology, more and more manufacturers are choosing to showcase their cutting-edge technology in their new products to impress their users. Over time, some manufacturers forget the utilitarian nature of vehicles. Although Volkswagen has deviated from practicality in its designs, it is worth acknowledging that Volkswagen is actively listening to its users and continuously improving its products.
The mass production version of Volkswagen’s ID.7 is scheduled to have its global debut in the second quarter of this year, and will be launched in the three major markets of China, the United States, and Europe. The ID.7 for the European market will be produced in Volkswagen’s Emden factory, and is the second MEB platform model to be produced in the factory after the ID.4. Volkswagen has also revealed that its two joint ventures in China, FAW-Volkswagen and SAIC Volkswagen, will release their own versions of the ID.7. Currently, it appears that the FAW-Volkswagen version will be the ID.7 CROZZ, while the SAIC-Volkswagen version will be the ID.7 X. In addition, there will be localized improvements for the Chinese market.
🔗Source: Official Volkswagen Newsroom
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