Who needs Volkswagen's "official" CES car?
After teasing a new electric sedan, Volkswagen showed off the new ID.7 at CES. The ID.7 is heavily based on the 2024 Volkswagen ID.Aero Concept, but it now has an official name. It may have been an "official" reveal, but Volkswagen only showed off a camouflaged version of the car that still hides a few of the design details. VW may not be ready to show off the ID.7 in full, but it's currently testing a barely disguised test mule in the snow.
Our spy photographers captured a black prototype in the past, but they've just spotted a more production-looking unit in grey. This grey car shows off more of the final design than the camo unit currently sitting at CES.
While the grey car is not completely devoid of deceptive body cladding, the solid color helps us get a better idea of the ID.7's proportions because the digital camo creates some odd effects with light. Without the wrap, we can tell the ID.7 will be a liftback like the Arteon rather than a traditional sedan. The large glass in front of the C-Pillar and long rear glass are telltale signs of a hatch.
Based on what we saw at CES, this test mule is still hiding the production headlight and taillight designs. These lights look like they were ripped off the Jetta to disguise what the final design would look like. The final car should also have a smooth, painted front end rather than the Jetta-like grille spotted here.
VW didn't share any information about the battery or electric motors let alone any US-specific details. We expect the ID.7 will offer a single-motor variant with rear-wheel-drive and a dual-motor model with all-wheel-drive. The former should match the ID.4 with 201 hp, while the latter will get around 302 hp. These estimations are purely speculative based on the ID.4. VW says it's targeting a 434-mile range on the WLTP cycle, which should translate to at least 370 miles on the EPA cycle.
An official reveal should take place later this year.