Update: ‘Design’ section updated.
It’s common for European sedan/fastback models to spawn a station wagon version to accommodate customers who need extra cargo space or a longer roof, and the VW ID.7 won’t be any different. The VW ID.7 Estate (codename: VW Aero B) is coming soon after the sedan, and here’s what you need to know.
Spy pictures indicate the VW ID.7 station wagon’s exterior will look almost identical to its donor model until the B-pillar. The roof will be significantly longer and not fall steeply like on the fastback, resulting in slightly taller side windows and larger rear quarter glass panels.
The ID.7 station wagon’s D-pillar will be quite thicker compared to the Passat Variant (Passat Estate). The conventional model has a boxy greenhouse and simple D-pillar design, which makes it seem dull, but that won’t be the case with the electric model, which will look sleek and fast from the sides.
The ID.7 station wagon’s D-pillar will have a steeper angle and its back glass will be more forward-leaning, which will give it a sportier stance. A (longer) spoiler will extend the roof, adding to the more dynamic style. The longer roof would make the ID.7 station wagon more suitable for customers who want to mount long objects like a surfboard, sledge, tent, storage box, etc.
It is likely that the interior of the VW ID.7 station wagon will be similar to that of the ID.7. The main difference would be a larger luggage compartment behind the rear seats. Customers traveling with their pets will be able to use the large glass on the sides and back of the car to give them their own space and let them travel comfortably while enjoying a proper view of the surroundings. Additionally, the flatter roof may even lead to increased headroom in the second row.
The ID.7 Estate should have the same length, width, and wheelbase as the ID.7 fastback. Its height, if any different, could increase by 1-2 mm (0.04-0.08 in.) at best. For reference, the donor model measures 195.3 in. in length, 73.3 in. in width, and 60.6 in. in height and has a 116.9 in. wheelbase. An obvious drawback of the body style will be slightly higher air drag. While the ID.7 has a drag coefficient of 0.23 Cd, we estimate the ID.7 station wagon’s drag coefficient will be 0.24 Cd.
Range & Performance
Volkswagen will likely offer the ID.7 station wagon in 2-3 configurations. Battery pack options may include a 77 kWh unit and an 86 kWh lithium-ion units that deliver ranges (WLTP) of 375 miles and at least 420 miles, respectively. Configurations specified with the former may have a peak charging power of 170 kW and those having the latter may accept charging at a higher, 200 kW rate. A 10-80% DC fast-charging session may take approximately half an hour. We expect 2-3 powertrain options, with the top-end unit producing 210 kW (282 hp) and 402 lb.-ft. of torque.
VW will debut the ID.7 station wagon in spring 2024 (March-May 2024). It will be manufactured in Emden, Germany, alongside the ID.7, and is unlikely to be launched in the USA, since this body style isn’t popular.
For customers upgrading from the Passat Variant and Arteon Shooting Brake, the VW ID.7 station wagon is likely to offer big benefits in performance, space, and running costs compared to gas- and diesel-powered mid-size estates. Consumer interest in station wagons may be revitalized by this car, which has been losing popularity to SUVs in recent years.
Featured image: TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the ID.7 station wagon.