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VW attempted to disguise its new electric SUV as a Peugeot.

The Volkswagen ID.4 will arrive in America in Q1 2021, but this is just the first of several VW-badged electric SUVs in the pipeline. While the ID.4 is an electric compact SUV that will rival the likes of the Tesla Model Yand Ford Mustang Mach-E, we already know that VW is plotting a larger three-row ID. SUV to battle the Tesla Model X.

Previewed by the stunning ID. Roomz Concept revealed last year, VW's new electric SUV, rumored to be called the ID.6, was first spied back in September, and now our spies have caught VW testing another prototype at sub-zero temperatures to see how well the electric powertrain copes under extreme strain.

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VW has attempted to disguise the prototype as a Peugeot 5008 with foil replicating its front and rear design, but the ID.6's production headlights and taillights foil the disguise. And if you were in any doubt the prototype is electric, Volkswagen has applied "Elektrofahrzeug" stickers on the sides. Translation: "electric vehicle." Lower parts of the body are also covered up in tape, but the side profile is otherwise completely uncovered.

Design-wise, the ID.6 will borrow cues from the Roomz Concept, although the concept's sliding doors and camera mirrors haven't carried over. When the camo comes off, the ID.6 should look like a larger version of the ID.4 as VW will want to keep the design language consistent across the ID. range.

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Like the concept, the production model will have a spacious interior with room for up to seven occupants, enabling it to compete with the Tesla Model X. Underpinning the SUV will be the same MEB platform shared by the ID.4, so we're expecting it to have similar specifications.

To give you an idea, the ID.4 will be offered with an 82-kWh battery pack and a rear-mounted electric motor producing 201 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque and an electric driving range of 250 miles rated by the EPA, but the larger ID.6 will inevitably have a lower range if it retains the same battery pack. A dual-motor ID.4 Pro with all-wheel drive and 302 hp will also go on sale next year, so this setup could also carry over to the ID.6.

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