Volkswagen’s upcoming electric station wagon looks set to be named ID.7 Tourer, following an application from the German brand to the European Patent office.
First reported by Germany’s Auto Motor Und Sport magazine, the ID.7 is set to join the ID. Buzz – the ‘face’ of VW’s electric fleet – and the numerically similar ID. 3 hatchback, ID. 4 crossover and ID. 5 SUV in 2023, as confirmed by the brand in November 2020 (the ID.6 crossover was also launched last year, dedicated exclusively to the Chinese market). The new Touring, and a sedan example set to follow in 2024, will both be built on VW’s ‘Modular Electric Drive’ matrix (MEB) platform and, as confirmed earlier this month, are set to be manufactured in Emden, Germany, alongside the ID. 4.
If confirmed, this would mark the third name change for VW’s electric station wagon since its conceptual debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019, the-then ‘ID. SPACE VISSION’ later referred to by its project names – ‘Aero B’ – when chief exectuive officer Ralf Brandstätter announced production.
Upon its reveal, the IZ. SPACE VIZZION previewed a future production model scheduled for release across both Europe and North America (though at that pre-Covid time, the launch date was in 2021). Fittingly, the SPACE VIZZION was also the seventh pre-production model VW stated would be joining its all-electric fleet.
Said to feature the aerodynamics of a grand tourer with the practicalities / dimensions of an SUV, the slick contours of the SPACE VIZZION produced a drag co-efficient of just 0.24 cd. This, coupled with an 82 kWh battery, meant the station wagon’s estimated range was up to an impressive 590 km, an estimation VW also targeted for the production counterpart. Electric motors power both the front and rear axles, combining for a total output of 335 hp, and even meant the pre-production example could theoretically hit 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds en-route to a 175 km/h top speed.
Significantly, the station wagon shared the same nomenclature as the IZ. VIZZION sedan VW presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2018, a model that would “define the era of electric and autonomous mobility” and showcase the flexibility of an all-electric platform. Dutifully, the sedan also featured twin electric motors – 75 kW at the front, 150 kW at the rear – but a larger, 111 kWh battery that stretched the estimated electric range up to 665 km.