Volkswagen Teases New US-Bound Luxury Sedan

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The car formerly known as the Aero B now has a name.

Volkswagen recently unveiled the first design sketch of the upcoming ID.Aero concept vehicle, which is a design study that will preview a new luxury EV sedan that will be coming to America. This also serves as the first official confirmation of the model's name, which has previously gone by the internal codename "Aero B" and was expected to be called the ID.6 in production.

As the ID in front of its name suggests, this concept vehicle is fully-electric and the first sedan in VW's ID electric range. According to Volkswagen, it's a limousine with "outstanding aerodynamics, elegant design, and generous space."

The ID.Aero is being built to tackle the high-volume upper-middle-class segment. It's hard to judge from the two images provided by Volkswagen, but the car is 196.85 inches long. That puts it in the same size category as the Tesla Model S and a little smaller than the Mercedes EQS and the BMW i7.

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The ID.Aero will be built on the Modular Electric Drive Matrix platform as the ID.4 and ID.Buzz, showcasing how adaptable VW's electric architecture is.

Volkswagen will apply the same design language to the ID.Aero as the rest of the ID range, a design language that was previously previewed by the ID.Vizzion concept. The preview sketches show hints of the ID.4 and the same wraparound taillights as the ID. Buzz, while combining the sleek lines of the ID.Vizzion. The design is also functional, featuring a slippery front and roof, which help reduce drag and energy consumption.

We'll know more next week, as the design study for the ID.Aero will be revealed to us on 27 June.

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While sedans have dwindled in popularity here in America, VW has confirmed that the ID.Aero will make its way Stateside. The production version will first go on sale in China in the second half of 2023, while a "corresponding production model for the North American and European market" will be revealed next year. Production of the US-bound model will begin shortly thereafter at the brand's Emden plant in Germany. This plant is the same one that currently produces the Euro-spec Passat, and will likely be retooled to accommodate the ID.Aero as its replacement. It also ties in with our previous spy shots of the ID.Aero in which prototypes have used Passat bodywork to hide the final design.

While technical information is still under wraps, previous reports have suggested an electric range as great as 430 miles. It's worth noting this will be a smaller vehicle than the even larger, more luxury Project Trinity coming in 2026.

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