According to VW head of R&D Frank Welsch, the carmaker’s fifth ID model, a production version of the ID Vizzion Concept, will be launched in Q3 of 2023 with a range of up to 435 miles (700 km).
Possibly dubbed ID.6 (not official yet), it will be available in both saloon and estate form, featuring similar dimensions to the current Passat, but a lot more passenger room, comparable to the discontinued Phaeton, reports Autocar.
One reason to name it the ID.6 is because the number 6 has connotations of wellbeing in China (VW’s biggest market), and Chinese buyers do appreciate large saloons.
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Rear-wheel drive variants of the ID.6 will feature one electric motor powering the rear axle, while four-wheel drive models will have two motors (one per axle). The latter layout will also underpin a GTX performance model that Welsch claims will be capable of hitting 62 mph (100 km/h) in around 5.6 seconds. The single-motor version will hit the same mark in about 8.5 seconds.
Buyers will also get a choice of battery sizes, the biggest one being an 84 kWh pack mounted within the floor of the MEB platform. The result will be a range of around 700 km (435 miles) – that’s 89 more miles than the ID.3 Pro S with its 77 kWh battery.
Furthermore, the new model will also support 200 kW charging, netting you around 143 miles (230 km) of range in just 10 minutes at a DC rapid charger.
VW will reportedly build the ID.6 at its Emden plant in Germany, beginning in 2023.