Curved Air

Nov 3, 2022

Think electric SUVs are the only futureproofed model on the menu for the world’s leading carmakers? Think again. Volkswagen recently provided a tempting foretaste of a differently silhouetted ID. model – a streamlined fully-electric sedan.

The future flagship of the Volkswagen ID. Range of electric vehicles – known as the ID. Aero Concept – will be positioned in the premium mid-size sedan segment. Its progressive, stylish, aerodynamic design allows the vehicle to impress with generous space in the interior.

Although a concept in name, the production version is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2023, initially for the Chinese market. Volkswagen will then start production of a European series version in 2023. As the new flagship model of the ID. family, the ID. Aero will be offered globally in the future.

The ID. Aero Concept is almost five metres long and as can plainly be seen, was designed based on aerodynamic principles.

The roof slopes to the rear in coupé style and contributes to achieving an excellent aerodynamic performance at speed. Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) underpinnings permit short overhangs, a long wheelbase and an exceptionally spacious vehicle interior.

The German manufacturer says the ID. Aero is equipped with a powerful lithium-ion battery with a net energy content of 77kWh. Thanks to the interaction of the efficient drive system and the excellent aerodynamic properties, the ID. Aero achieves ranges of up to 620km (WLTP), making it ideal as a long-distance tourer.

Stylistically, the ID. Aero transfers the design of the ID. family to a sedan in the premium mid-size segment for the first time. The aerodynamically designed front end and roof ensure that air flows optimally over the vehicle. The air flow is calmed by the slightly drawn-in rear end with a separation edge.

Sporty 22-inch two-tone wheels are designed in the style of a turbine and are integrated flush into the wheel housings. Classic door handles are replaced by illuminated touch surfaces, which reduce the drag even further. At the top of the silhouette, the bold tornado line and downward sloping roof line shape the design. The powerful shoulder section of the ID. Aero is located above the tornado line. The contour lines make the electric sedan appear flatter and give it a dynamic look.

The front end is characterised by the ID. honeycombs typical of the ID. family. The front is horizontally split into two in the bumper and is a defining style element for the ID. Aero design. As another distinctive feature that makes the ID. Aero stand out in the crowd, a narrow light strip extends horizontally across the front out to the left and right of the illuminated Volkswagen badge and above the innovative IQ. Light LED matrix headlights, wrapping into the wings and side panels. This light strip is continued visually to the rear end with a few interruptions. The dominant rear end features a striking dark light strip and LED taillight clusters with honeycomb structure that create an exclusive look.

More information on the production version of the ID. Aero will be available in early 2023.