At the January 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Volkswagen debuted the all-new ID.7 sedan. This is its first fully electric sedan based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). You might have seen pictures online already, with it’s bright orange digital “smart camouflage”.
“With the new ID.7, we are extending our electric model range into the upper segments. The sedan will offer top-class technology and quality. The ID.7 is one of 10 new electric models that we are planning to launch by 2026. Our goal? To deliver suitable products for our customers in every single segment,” said Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.
Volkswagen took into account customer feedback to improve the user experience in this all-new model. Standard equipment in the ID.7 include an augmented reality head-up display, huge 15” screen, illuminated touch sliders and digitally controlled air vents. Speaking of the updated A/C, it’s pretty smart. It can detect when the driver is approaching the vehicle and automatically heat or cool the interior even before they unlock their door. The air vents are smart, too. They control the air flow dynamically to ensure the highest level of comfort. It can even be activated by voice commands like, “Hello Volkswagen, my hands are cold.” It will know to turn on the steering wheel heating function and direct warm air toward the driver’s hands.
As far as range, Volkswagen estimates that the ID.7 will be able to travel 700km (that’s approximately 435 miles) on a single charge for European versions on the WLTP cycle. This makes the VW ID.7 among the longest range EV vehicles with the Mercedes-Benz EQS coming in at 350 miles, the Tesla Model 3 coming in at 358 miles and the Model S at 405 miles. At the time of this writing, most all-electric U.S. models have a range in the mid-200 to the low 300-mile range. There’s no telling what the real-world range for the ID.7 will be in the U.S. with our more rigorous test cycle.
The ID.7 will likely inherit the same warranty as the Volkswagen ID.4. That is 8 years/100,000 miles of electric component coverage and 4 years/50,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper limited warranty coverage. It will also likely have complimentary maintenance for 2 years / 20,000 miles.
According to Volkswagen, “Since the first ID.3 models were handed over to customers in September 2020, Volkswagen has delivered more than 500,000 MEB vehicles worldwide through its subsidiaries—around a year earlier than planned and despite the ongoing difficulties in the supply chain.” Volkswagen plans to launch the ID.7 in China, Europe and North America. It is estimated that the ID.7 will most likely be available for sale in 2024 with estimated pricing between $40,000-$50,000.