A few years ago, we were introduced to the ID. Vizzion concept, which later became the ID. AE-RO3 concept — and now? That concept has become an actual car, and attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, on now until January 8, will get the first glimpse of the new EV as Volkswagen returns to the event after a six-year hiatus.
“With the new ID.7, we are extending our electric model range into the upper segments,” said Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. “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.”
According to the automaker, the ID.7 is sure to become a fan favourite— because it was customer feedback that helped to refine it. The all-new ID.7 offers a number of innovative new features and updates including:
• The new display concept
• The augmented reality head-up display
• A 38-centimeter (15-inch) screen
• Digitally controlled “smart” air vents
• Illuminated touch sliders
To mark its return to the CES, VW debuted a special, camouflaged version of the electric sedan which features a digital design with unique paintwork. This design will create an eye-catching, interactive effect, with the help of no fewer than 40 layers of paint, some of which are conductive while others have insulating properties. According to VW, a total of 22 areas of the vehicle “can be controlled separately and are electrified below the top layer of paint (electroluminescence) so that they light up.” The best part? The display is made even more interactive when connected to a sound system, as the rhythm is visualized by illumination of individual areas.
The new ID.7, which is due to arrive in Canada sometime next year, is the sixth model in the company’s EV family and the latest vehicle built on VW’s MEB platform. VW estimates that the range will be up to around 700 kilometers for European versions on the WLTP cycle.