Volkswagen Group of America will display the Volkswagen ID.7, the first completely electric automobile built on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas from January 5 through January 8, 2023.
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Digital camouflage for the premiere
It will be covered with smart camouflage, which makes use of cutting-edge engineering and many layers of paint to produce light effects on different portions of the vehicle. This interactive element represents the newest development in the ID. family‘s upcoming flagship model’s digitalization.
The new model, which has an aerodynamic design idea and has a range of up to 700 kilometers, was previewed by the ID. AERO concept car, which was first shown in China (WLTP). The biggest electronics trade show in the world, CES, will welcome back the Volkswagen Group of America with a very unique product after a six-year hiatus.
“With the new ID.7, we are extending our electric model range into the upper segments. The sedan will offer top-class technology and quality. The ID.7 is one of ten new electric models that we are planning to launch by 2026. Our goal? To deliver suitable products for our customers in every single segment,” says Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.
Original experience for the Volkswagen ID.7
VW has addressed consumer concerns with its most recent model, which is based on the MEB, and enhanced the user experience where appropriate. The ID.7 has a number of innovations as standard features.
The innovative air conditioning design with clever vents has many features. For instance, the ID.7 can recognize an approaching driver based on their key and will begin to cool or heat the inside of the car before the driver even enters the vehicle on a hot summer day. Newly created “Smart Air Vents” regulate airflow and move dynamically to swiftly disperse air across wide surfaces.
If there are passengers in the vehicle, the air may either be sent directly to the body or used to indirectly ventilate the interior. These features may be enabled and stored separately for each user and are always available on the new huge display. Voice commands may be used to trigger special requests.
The steering wheel heating feature is activated by the ID.7 in response to the user saying, “Hello Volkswagen, my hands are cold!” The hands are also exposed to heated air at the same time.
Interactive camo features
VW will demonstrate the ID.7’s intelligence in a very unique manner at the CES in Las Vegas. The camouflaged car has a digital design and distinctive painting that interactively illuminates the ID.7. There have been 40 layers of paint applied, some of which are conductive and others of which are insulating.
22 different regions of the car may be independently controlled and are illuminated by an electrified layer under the top coat of paint (electroluminescence). If any of this is coupled with a sound system, the beat is made visible via the lighting of certain spaces.
An interaction between the real and virtual worlds is offered by the QR codes on the hood and both sides. The complete camouflage also advances the QR code idea and obscures the final production vehicle’s outlines.
The ID.7 adheres to the totally electric ID. model family‘s design language in terms of aesthetics. The aerodynamic front portion and roof, which both contribute to lower energy consumption and extend range, are distinguishing characteristics of the sedan. The air coming from the front-end air intakes is directed specifically to the rear of the car by the sides of the vehicle.
As a result, they create an air curtain that reduces wind resistance along the sides of the car. The ID.7’s excellent drag coefficient is a result of the roof’s rearward slope. The maximum range is around 700 kilometers (WLTP).
The ID.7 is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB, just as all previous models in the ID. family are. The reduced overhangs and lengthy wheelbase (2.97 meters) of the modular matrix provide advantages for the interior. This gives the ID.7 the appearance and feel of a premium sedan that is unusually roomy.
VW already delivered half a million MEB vehicles
Volkswagen’s successful completely electric ID. family is being expanded with the ID.7 sedan into the upper middle class of the high-volume category, and the ACCELERATE approach is being used to further the electric mobility campaign.
Volkswagen has already achieved a first milestone: Since the first ID.3 models were delivered to customers in September 2020, Volkswagen has delivered 500,000 vehicles from its ID. family globally through its subsidiaries – roughly one year earlier than planned and in spite of the ongoing supply chain challenges.
The ID.7 will be the sixth model from the ID. family, after the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, ID.6 (only in China), and the new ID. Buzz, and is Volkswagen’s second worldwide vehicle to be based on the MEB after the ID.4. The electric vehicle will be introduced in the three key markets of China, Europe, and North America.
The Volkswagen Emden facility will manufacture the ID.7 for the European market. It will be the second model based on the modular electric drive matrix to be constructed in Emden after the ID.4.