The Volkswagen all-electric ID 7 sedan’s most interesting feature isn’t its light-up paint
The all-electric Volkswagen ID 7 sedan, the next EV in the German automaker’s lineup, was unveiled Tuesday at CES in Las Vegas.
The most exciting part of this debut was not the multi-layered explosion in yellow, orange and red camouflaged electricalluminescent paint that lights up when you ask. It is not eye-catching, but it is for the near-production version. It was actually a few changes to its ID models that showed VW that it is trying to improve its software and human-machine interaction design. This approach is closer to what consumers might see in Tesla models, the Porsche Taycan, and the Rivian R1S/Rivian R1T.
According to Thomas Schafer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, the ID 7 sedan was previously displayed in China as a concept car under the name ID Aero. It is one of 10 new electric models that will go into production by 2026. The EV will be available in North America, Europe, and China.
The ID 7 is based on its siblings the ID.3, the flexible modular platform that VW Group brands such as Audi, Seat and Skoda use to increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness in producing EVs. The Volkswagen ID.3, an electric hatchback, is sold only in Europe and the United States. Volkswagen ID.4 SUVAndID.5The MEB platform is used in the construction of various Audi Q4 e-tron variants. The automaker anticipates that more than 80% of its vehicles will be built on the MEB platform by 2025.
There are a few notable changes and features to the ID 7, including a new interface for the car’s infotainment systems. The central display measures 15 inches. The screen’s functions are now easier to access and easier to use.
The climate functions are now prominently displayed and permanent displayed on the bottom portion of the central infotainment screen. The top and upper left are where the driver can quickly access information about the vehicle and advanced driver assistance functions.
VW has adopted a new air conditioning system, which uses digitally controlled air vents that are similar to those found in Tesla vehicles. This is expected to be controversial. This means that there are no more physical air vents that the driver or passenger can move to alter the direction of the air flow. Instead, users can use voice controls or the central touchscreen for direction changes.
The air conditioning system is also designed to make it easier to use. The system will turn on when a driver approaches it with their key. It will cool the interior during hot days and heat it when it is colder.
Volkswagen is also working to improve its natural language processing. According to Volkswagen, users will be able use specific verbal cues such as “Hello Volkswagen, my hands have become cold!” to trigger the steering wheel heating function, which will then direct warm air to the driver.
The ID 7 also features an augmented reality head-up display as well as illuminated touch sliders at the bottom of the touchscreen.
The exterior design fits within the current VW EV portfolio. The sedan’s front section is aerodynamic and the roof has a coupe-like slope at the rear. According to the company, the design is meant to help reduce energy consumption and increase range. The front end has air intakes that direct the air to the rear. This creates an air curtain that calms the air flow.
The final result is an estimated range of approximately 700 km or 434 miles, according to the European ELTP cycle.
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