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Report Claims the Volkswagen ID.6 Will Be a Sedan, Not an SUV, Arriving in 2023

Volkswagen's promise from a few years back that it will be bathing us in tens of different electric motors at some point is starting to shape up, even though only one of them is available on the market right now.
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On certain markets, we should say, because we're talking about the ID.3 electric hatchback, which as you probably know, is not going to make its way to North America. The second-largest EV market in the world will soon get Volkswagen's next model, the ID.4 compact SUV that shares its underpinnings with the ID.3 (that would be the MEB platform), but comes in a much more desirable shape for these parts of the world than the smaller hatchback.

After the ID.4, Volkswagen plans to launch the ID.5 (duh!), which is basically a coupe version of the former. This should appeal to the more stylish customer or, as some people like to call them, those who haven't started a family yet. After that, the German carmaker will take a break from its counting process by planning the launch of the ID. Buzz MPV/van that should appeal to families and, apparently, beach-goers as well.

From there, it's back to one-two-three or, in this case, six. Based on the spy shots we've seen so far and the current trend in the automotive industry, it was believed the ID.6 would be a larger SUV with up to seven seats. Well, according to British publication Autocar, that's not actually the case.

Instead, the ID.6 will be a Passat-sized sedan and wagon combo that will arrive in 2023 with up to 435 miles (700 km) of range. The media outlet says it got its information from Frank Welsch, the VW head of research and development for passenger cars, which means he's definitely somebody in the know.

The report says the project is referred to internally as Aero-B and that while the ID.6 name is not confirmed yet, it's the most likely candidate. While sedans have lost popularity in Europe and the U.S., they're still going pretty big in China, which is where Volkswagen expects to sell most of its ID.6s. A wagon should also be available either at the same time or at a slightly later date.

OK, let's not pretend that the 435-mile range is something we can just brush over like it's nothing. The figure becomes even more impressive when you consider the ID.6 is said to use an 84 kWh battery, which is just 7 kWh bigger than the 77 kWh one in the ID 3 Pro S. Yet somehow the smaller and lighter vehicle is only capable of 336 miles, hinting at the fact Volkswagen is expecting serious technological advancements over the next two years. However, the rumored 200 kW charging might make the maximum range irrelevant since users could be charging worth of 140 miles in just ten minutes.

Styling-wise, the ID.6 should be based on the ID. Vizzion Concept from 2018 and the ID. Space Vizzion from last year. We're starting to get an idea of Volkswagen's design direction for its ID range, so there won't be any surprises there.

 
 
 
 
 

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