Volkswagen has shown its new ID.7, described as the brand’s first global electric model for the upper mid-size class.
VW says the combination of ranges up to 700 kilometres (WLTP), superior powertrain, spacious interior and premium technologies makes the ID.7 a ‘comfortable limousine for long distance travel and opens up a new segment for the ID. Family’.
Almost five metres long, the model also has an ‘enhanced customer-focused operating concept’. The ID.7 launch is planned for this year in Europe and China, and from 2024 in North America.
The ID.7 is the first MEB model with a completely new, highly efficient drive generation. With 210 kW (286 PS), it is the most powerful and highest-torque electric drive motor in a Volkswagen ID. model so far. This power variant is used in the ID.7 independently of the chosen battery size. The power unit with the internal designation APP550 was developed together with Volkswagen Group Components in Kassel (Germany) and is also produced there.
Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, said: “With the ID.7 we are taking the next step in our electric offensive. The limousine offers a high level of comfort and long ranges. Already by 2026, we will offer the widest electric range of all manufacturers in Europe – from the entry-level model for less than 25,000 euros up to the ID.7 as the new top model within the ID. family. Our goal is to achieve an electric car share of 80 per cent in Europe by 2030. As from 2033, Volkswagen will produce only electric vehicles in Europe.”
Kai Grünitz, Member of the Brand Board of Management responsible for Development, added: “The ID.7 sets new efficiency standards on the basis of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). We are aiming for a range of up to 700 kilometres in accordance with WLTP. This is made possible by very good aerodynamics and by significantly increased efficiency in the areas of the powertrain and thermal management.”
First Volkswagen with ‘new operating and display concept’
A new operating and display concept is introduced in the ID.7. With this, Volkswagen says it has reacted to feedback from its customers and improved the operating experience in relevant areas. This includes the following features as standard:
- a 38-centimetre (15-inch) infotainment system screen
- the augmented reality head-up display
- a new air conditioning operating concept integrated on the top level of the infotainment system as well as freely assignable favourites buttons
- a backlit touch slider
Imelda Labbé, Member of the Brand Board of Management for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, said: “The ID.7 is an extremely important model for the Volkswagen brand in Europe, China and North America. The ID.7 offers an attractive package that will excite both existing and new Volkswagen customers all over the world. In this Volkswagen, we are offering premium technologies that impress through their exclusivity, premium comfort and high degree of everyday usability.”
With the new massage seats and the electronically dimmable panoramic sunroof, VW maintains the ID.7 offers equipment options that are otherwise present only in the higher classes of premium competitors.
The panoramic sunroof with smart glass can be switched between opaque and transparent settings by touch control. Like many other functions in the ID.7, the roof can also be operated by means of natural voice commands – this takes place using the new IDA voice assistant. The optional front seats are also a new development: for the first time in a Volkswagen, they optionally offer adaptive seat Climatronic – with cooling or heating as required and also a drying function.
A massage function – with a seal of approval from the German Campaign for Healthier Backs (AGR) – is also available. The range of options is rounded off by a 700-watt sound system from Harman Kardon: 14 high-end loudspeakers, including centre speaker at the front and subwoofer in the luggage compartment, provide an impressive sound experience with the new Volkswagen limousine.
The Travel Assist with swarm data can take over lateral and longitudinal control of the ID.7 as needed, VW says. Volkswagen developed this feature together with CARIAD, the software company of the VW Group. If desired, the ID.7 can also use Travel Assist to support assisted lane changing on the multi-lane motorway at speeds above 90 km/h. The driver monitors this, but the strain of driving is significantly reduced, VW claims.
When it comes to parking, the electric Volkswagen can independently perform assisted manoeuvres in different ways. One of these is parking with memory function over a distance of up to 50 metres. For this, the driver either remains sitting in the ID.7 or monitors the parking procedure from outside the vehicle using the smartphone app.
The ID.7 is one of ten new electric models that will be launched by Volkswagen by 2026. This year alone sees the introduction of the new ID.3, the ID. Buzz with long wheelbase and the ID.7. An electric compact SUV and the production version of the ID. 2all at a price of less than 25,000 euros are planned for 2026.
This, VW maintains, will give it the widest range of electric vehicles compared with its competitors. The new ID.7 will be produced in the Volkswagen plant in Emden (Germany) for the European and North American markets. In China, the corresponding ID.7 models will be produced locally.