Volkswagen will showcase its first fully electric sedan based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas between January 5-8, 2023. It is clad in camouflage, which uses unique technology and multi-layered paintwork to create light effects on parts of the vehicle. This interactive feature symbolizes the next step in the digitalization of the future flagship model of Volkswagen’s EV family.
The ID. AERO concept vehicle that was initially presented in China already provided a preview of the new model, able to achieve an estimated range of up to 700 kilometers for European models based on a simulated WLTP cycle.
“With the new ID.7, we are extending our electric model range into the upper segments,” said Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. “The ID.7 is one of 10 new electric models that we are planning to launch by 2026. Our goal? To deliver suitable products for our customers in every single segment.”
With its latest MEB model, standard features of the ID.7 include:
- A new display concept.
- An augmented reality head-up display.
- A 38-centimeter (15-inch) screen.
- Digitally controlled “smart air vents”.
- Illuminated touch sliders.
At CES, VW will show the ID.7 as a camouflaged sedan featuring a digital design with unique paintwork, that lights up the car interactively. About 40 layers of paint have been applied, some of which are conductive while others have insulating properties. A total of 22 areas of the vehicle can be controlled separately and are electrified below the top layer of paint (electroluminescence) so that they light up. If all this is connected to a sound system, the rhythm is visualized by illumination of individual areas.
After the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 and ID.66 (Chinese-market only) models and the new ID. Buzz, the ID.7 will be the sixth model in the company’s EV family and is Volkswagen’s second global car to be based on the MEB after the ID.4. It is planned to launch the electric sedan in the three primary markets of China, Europe, and North America. The ID.7 for the European market will be produced at the Volkswagen Emden plant, making it the second MEB vehicle produced there, after the ID.4.