Volkswagen To Introduce Secret New Electric Car At CES 2023

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A camo concept will debut at CES, with a production version to come later.

Volkswagen announced it would reveal the "newest member of its all-electric family" at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 3rd at 4 pm PST. The German brand did not specify which EV it will show off, but all signs point to the 2024 Volkswagen ID.Aero, a sedan that slots between the Jetta and discontinued Passat, indirectly replacing the latter.

VW first teased an electric sedan model back in 2018 with the I.D. Vizzion Concept, which later spawned the ID.Aero. The company says it will show off a "camouflaged version" of the new EV, meaning it won't be the full production car. We will at least learn the production name, which may not be ID.Aero.

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The final name is anyone's guess since VW's production EVs have used alphanumeric and full alphabetic names. For example, the German automaker offers the ID.4 locally and the ID.3 and ID.5 in Europe, as well as the ID. Buzz. We couldn't spot any trademark filings that seem applicable, so VW has done a great job keeping the name a secret.

Based on what we already know about the car, it will ride on the same modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform as the ID.4. It will also have the same basic interior layout, including the infotainment system with no physical knobs or buttons. Like the Arteon, it will feature a hatch rather than a traditional trunk.

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VW will likely offer a single-motor rear-wheel-drive version and a more powerful dual-motor variant with all-wheel drive. The concept was equipped with a 77 kWh battery yielding a 385-mile WLTP-estimated range (around 337 miles on the EPA cycle), but production values may differ.

As the concept name suggests, the car will boast slippery aerodynamics that allow it to travel far on a charge without a massive battery pack.

VW will also have the European ID. Buzz on display at CES in preparation for its official US debut in 2023.

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