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VW has unveiled a new Tesla Fighting ID. Aero Electric Sedan Concept

VW has unveiled a new Tesla Fighting ID.  Aero Electric Sedan Concept

Volkswagen has teased a wild array of vehicles possible on its versatile MEB electric car platform. So far, our introduction to VW’s ID range in America has been the ID.4 compact crossover. But an ID. Buzz revival is on the way. And Volkswagen just unveiled the ID. Aero Concept, a near-production teaser of a Tesla fighting electric sedan that VW should bring to America.

If you were to say “show me an ID.4, but a sedan”, you would get something a lot like the ID. Aero – although the side profile feels a bit Passat-esque (and the ID. Aero should be a similar length). We don’t know much about it yet. But VW has revealed a few details.

One might think of the ID. Aero the electric Passat, even though VW is unlikely to revive that nameplate.

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The ID. Aero has a super-low drag coefficient of 0.23, the same number as the Tesla Model 3. And its 77 kWh battery pack produces a range of 585 miles under WLTP testing. Below EPA standards, that should come out at a figure of more than 300 miles. The ID. Aero – at least in concept form – also has illuminated touch surfaces instead of door handles.

We don’t know exactly when (or 100% or) the ID. Aero will come to America. Volkswagen reports that it will begin production of Chinese and European market versions of the ID. Aero in 2023. There is no US production timeline.

curious, the international press release VW’s CEO of Passenger Cars Ralf Brandstätter stated that the ID. Aero will be “the next global car for Europe, China and the US”. VW of America press release Brandstätter has described the ID. Aero as the “next world car”, with no explicit mention of bringing the vehicle to America.

vw id aero sedan shot from behind with a futuristic building in the background

The ID. Aero concept replaces conventional door handles with touch-sensitive pads that light up.

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VW has moved away from sedans and cars in America to focus on more profitable and better-selling crossovers like the Atlas and Tiguan. VW killed the Passat in America and is struggling to sell the Arteon.

But EVs will be a different market, and VW has a track record of producing sedans for drivers. A Model 3 but not made by Tesla and more conventional than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6 could be a niche that works. And VW will need more than a compact crossover EV on the road in America by 2025 as they plan to overtake Tesla

While the ID. Aero has intrigued us, we hope VW sends the upcoming and sporty ID. 7 Touring car.

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