Volkswagen has announced the world premiere of its new all-electric ID.7 flagship model designed for long-distance driving on Monday, 17 April. The company is set to provide further details on the drive, running gear, and convenience features of the saloon in the coming days. The new model is expected to enhance the upper mid-size class in Europe, China, and North America.
The ID.7 is an important milestone for Volkswagen as it aims to increase the share of its electric models to 80 percent in Europe by 2030. The model is scheduled to be launched in Europe before the end of 2023, and its final test drives are currently underway in Alicante, Spain.
Kai Grünitz, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Development, stated that Volkswagen has exploited the potential of the MEB even further with the ID.7. The company has used a new, more powerful and more efficient electric drive motor, which is also the most powerful and highest-torque electric drive motor in a Volkswagen ID. model so far. The power unit, with the internal designation APP550, was developed by Volkswagen Group Components in Kassel and is also produced there.
The new electric drive has been optimized in terms of energy consumption and depending on the battery size, WLTP ranges of up to 700 kilometers and charging capacities of up to 200 kW are forecast. The ID.7 thus underlines its long-distance suitability, especially for frequent drivers and fleet customers.
The optional adaptive chassis control (DCC) and the driving dynamics manager of the limousine for long-distance travel have been fundamentally enhanced. The driving mode selection options offer a large spread between comfort and sportiness. Together with the newly applied progressive steering, the systems ensure precise driving behavior and a maximum of stability. The ID.7’s technologies have also been put through their paces as part of the test drives in Spain.
The ID.7’s spacious and high-quality interior offers plenty of room in both the front and rear seats. The cockpit has been completely redesigned and the size of the classic instruments has been significantly reduced. All the necessary standard information and warnings are displayed behind the steering wheel in the ID. cockpit. The driver receives other important information via the standard augmented reality head-up display.
The heart of the display and operating concept is the Infotainment system display equipped as standard in the ID.7, measuring 38 centimeters (15 inches) across the diagonal. The operating concept has been fundamentally redesigned, and based on customer feedback, operation of the air conditioning has been permanently integrated on the top operating level. There are also freely configurable direct access buttons.
Volkswagen has developed a new generation of driver and front passenger seats for the ID.7, offering up to 14 electrical adjustment options depending on the version. As well as adaptive seat Climatronic, they also have a completely newly designed massage function. In addition to the individual settings, the driver and front passenger can alternatively activate an automatic mode for the seat climate; here, temperature and moisture sensors in the seats detect the cooling and/or heating requirement and control the climate accordingly. The newly developed massage function of the optional ergoActive Premium seats for the driver and front passenger offers a particularly high level of comfort.