Volkswagen has given its new electric flagship, the ID7, an extremely aerodynamic shape and an updated electric drivetrain to increase its driving range to 700 km (435 miles) on Europe's WLTP cycle.
The long range makes the ID7 suitable for frequent drivers who cover long distances and fleet customers, VW said. The sedan's range is a key feature because the ID7 will be an all-electric alternative to the VW Passat, Europe's most popular fleet vehicle.
The ID7 will sit at the top of VW's ID range of MEB-based full-electric cars.
The sedan was revealed on Monday at the Shanghai auto show and online in Europe and New York. It will go on sale in China in the second half and in Europe by the end of the year. A version will be exported from Germany to U.S. dealerships in 2024. VW is targeting a range of 300 miles under the U.S. EPA test cycle.
Inside the cabin, the ID7 will come standard with what the brand calls an augmented reality heads-up display, projecting trip details including speed, road signs, and upcoming navigation help at eye level on the windscreen. The display adapts to what is in front of it, so that information such as current speed and speed limit appears in a virtual foreground, while navigation assistance and other features appear projected further away.