After hundreds of hours of tuning, the two companies have come up with a sound system adjusted to support superior audio performance regardless of the road ahead. The system boasts a 700 W, 14-speaker, 16-channel setup with a subwoofer and a center speaker. Moreover, it's paired with the Fraunhofer Sonamic Panorama algorithm and has four sound modes.
The Fraunhofer Sonamic Panorama algorithm, as Harman describes, separates the individual sound sources of a stereo recording, evenly distributing them in a U-shaped soundstage that envelopes and immerses everyone in the vehicle. That enables each listener to enjoy otherwise imperceptible details of the audio.
Customers can select a specific seat on which the system can focus to provide the best listening experience. All-seat optimization is available, but you can also choose front seat only, rear seat only, or driver seat only.
Next up, Speech, as its name suggests, is engineered to reproduce any spoken content clearly, be it radio, podcasts, or audiobooks. And lastly, Vibrant allows for "voluminous sound reproduction for modern and dynamic music that is high in emotion and energy."
As I mentioned earlier, The Harman Kardon sound system is not only a perfect match for the ID.7 regarding the audio quality, but it's also integrated seamlessly into the vehicle, matching its design language. The speaker grilles are manufactured from ultra-thin 0.5-millimeter (0.02 inches) high-strength steel. Moreover, they're highlighted by a 60-degree hole pattern that subtly resembles the angled slash Harman Kardon's logo.
The Volkswagen ID.7 is part of the German brand's plans to launch ten new EVs by 2026. We don't know any information regarding costs just yet, but its price is estimated to start from around $62,000, similar to the ID.5. The ID.7 will first arrive in Europe and China by the end of 2023, with the North American market set to follow next year.