VW is expanding its range of electric cars and is presenting a fully electric Passat, the ID. Aero. The sedan should convince with a lot of space and a range of more than 600 kilometers.

The VW ID. family has so far managed without a fully electric sedan. This is about to change soon. After the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 and ID. Buzz, Volkswagen wants to launch an electric counterpart of the Passat. To this end, the German carmaker has now launched the ID. Aero presented a near-series concept vehicle in China.

It should give “a foretaste of the brand’s first global all-electric sedan,” according to the carmaker. The almost five meter long ID. Aero will therefore fall into the middle class and be built according to Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB). This should enable short overhangs, a long wheelbase and a spacious interior.

In addition, VW promises a generous amount of space. China boss Ralf Brandstätter announces: “A car with an emotional and at the same time very aerodynamic design, a range of more than 600 kilometers, an extraordinary amount of space and a premium interior”.

The front should have the ID.-typical honeycomb structure and help the wind to flow optimally over the roof, which runs in a wide arc. A cW value of 0.23, illuminated touch surfaces instead of classic door handles and a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 77 kWh should ultimately enable the sedan to have a range of up to 620 kilometers.

Also striking are a slightly retracted coupé-style rear, the LED headlights and taillights and continuous light strips both at the front and at the rear. According to the manufacturer, the 22-inch wheels are designed “like a turbine”. Visually, VW shows the ID. Aero also comes in a metallic shade, which is supposed to create a golden shimmer when the light falls on it. The roof, on the other hand, is black.

Production of the VW ID. Aero is scheduled to begin in 2023

The production version of the ID. According to the plans, Aero for China will come in two variants and is expected to be launched in the second half of 2023. Next year, a European series model is also to go into production in Emden, where the Passat also rolls off the assembly line. The European model is then intended for the European and US markets. It is not yet known what the sedan will cost.

With the ID. Aero Volkswagen wants to promote electric mobility in China. By 2030, at least every second vehicle sold by the German automaker in China will be fully electric.