Volkswagen has revealed the design of its upcoming ID. AERO — the marque’s first all-electric saloon.
Unveiled in China, where the car will go on sale in the second half of next year, the ID. AERO will be positioned in the premium mid-size segment.
VW is also planning to start production of a European variant at its Emden plant next year.
“With the ID. AERO show car, we are revealing a preview of the next member of the ID. family. A car with an emotional and at the same time extremely aerodynamic design, a range of over 600 kilometres, an extraordinary amount of space, and a premium interior,” said Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.
“With our ACCELERATE strategy, we are intensively driving forward the electrification of our model range. Following the ID.4, this model will be our next global car for Europe, China, and the US.”
The concept vehicle is almost five metres long and has a very svelte profile — the car has an impressive 0.23 drag coefficient. The ID. AERO will be based on VW’s MEB platform, the same as the ID.3 hatchback. A 77 kWh lithium-ion battery should give the ID. AERO a 620 km (385 mile) range.
VW also says that the ID. AERO will have an “exceptionally spacious” interior despite its swoopy coupe-like styling. 22-inch two-tone wheels, designed to evoke wind turbines, are integrated flush into the wheel hosings while the door handles are replaced by illuminated touch surfaces, further reducing drag.
The concept is painted in a Polar Light Blue metallic shade which creates a golden shimmer effect in appropriate light conditions. The roof, meanwhile, is painted in a high-gloss black to contrast the rest of the body.
The front of the car gets the typical ID. series honeycomb design. A narrow light strip also runs across the front, sprouting out from an illuminated VW badge and above the LED matrix headlights. The light strip continues through to the rear of the car where it joins a dark light strip and LED tail clusters.