VW Aero B sedan traces Shooting Brake into trial production [Update]

In December last year, pictures showed the ID. Space Vizzion-derived VW Aero B Shooting Brake electric cross-wagon in trial production in China. Going by local reports, the VW ID. Vizzion-derived VW Aero B electric sedan has also been produced in the country. The cars are expected to premiere next year and hit the production line in 2023. Local media are calling it the VW ID.5, the name used for the electric coupe-crossover in Europe.

VW Aero B Shooting Brake and VW Aero B are project names of the MEB platform EVs that would replace the VW Passat Alltrack and VW Passat, respectively. According to the roadmap Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Director Group Sales, Volkswagen Group, shared during the 2021 Virtual Deep Dive Electro Mobility conference call, the sedan comes first. The electric crossover wagon has been confirmed for launch in the U.S. market.

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The VW Aero B is a priority project at Volkswagen as it races against the clock to meet its target of 1.5 million EVs/year by 2025. Image: Volkswagen

Chinese reports say that the FAW-Volkswagen JV company is leading the VW Aero B and VW Aero B Shooting Brake projects and already conducting trial production. The first copies are prototypes made for road-testing.

Road-testing of the production VW ID. Vizzion has begun, pictures from Chinese portal Yiche showed. The showroom-bound version has a less dramatic design with slightly taller windows, slimmer D-pillars, smaller wheels, and a flatter roofline. Unlike the concept, it features conventional outside rearview mirrors. Moreover, the greenhouse is wider and includes a large quarter glass, a design cue that we think we will see on many of Volkswagen Group’s upcoming low-roof EVs in the interest of passenger comfort.

The VW Aero B models are among the top priorities of the VW ID. Family. Volkswagen has rolled out a new ‘Accelerate’ strategy to fast-track its transformation into software-driven mobility, a key element of which is faster e-mobility expansion with new launches, including these midsize EVs.

VW Aero B – Everything we know

In December 2020, TopElectricSUV.com revealed that USPTO has granted a patent number to the patent application for the VW ID. Space Vizzion. Below are the images of the US-bound electric crossover wagon:

Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen, reaffirmed late last year that the company is bullish on EVs with a post on linkedin.com. He said (translated):

#ID.3 and #ID.4 are followed by ID.5, ID.6 and ID.Buzz – a new model every year. We will build 19 million vehicles based on MEB by 2030. An electrical platform for everyone – worldwide.

Ralf Brandstatter, CEO of Volkswagen, on LinkedIn (translated)

In another post on linkedin.com, Brandstatter said that the VW ID. Space Vizzion has been commissioned to the Emden plant in Germany under the project name Aero B. He revealed that this will be the first electric wagon from Volkswagen in the market and that its production will begin in 2023.

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Prototypes of the VW ID. Space Vizzion’s production model (Aero B wagon) were reportedly produced late last year to commence road testing. Image Source: pcauto.com.cn

Prototypes produced in the limited run would typically get put through hundreds of thousands of miles in real world tests and travel as classified cargo to customer clinics and internal demos globally. The U.S. market won’t get the electric crossover wagon from a Chinese plant, though. Units for the American customer will either be produced at the Chattanooga plant or imported from the Emden, Germany, where start of production is set in 2023.

On the VW ID.Space Vizzion

The VW ID. Space Vizzion is the future self of the VW Passat Alltrack crossover wagon. It will come with a sleek design and electric power as the family man’s car of the 2020s. Unveiled at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles in 2019, the swanky electric crossover wagon is derived from the VW ID. Vizzion, the all-electric alternative to the Passat mid-size sedan.

The VW ID. Space Vizzion is 195.2 inches long, 74.7 inches wide and 60.2 inches tall. It has a 116.7-inch wheelbase, and it sports large, 22-inch wheels. Underpinned by the MEB platform, it features a 275 hp/406 Lb.-Ft. motor mounted at the rear. A second motor generating 101 hp and 111 Lb.-Ft. could be fitted at the front to make it an AWD vehicle and get a system output of 335 hp on the range topping variant . A 77 kWh (net)/82 kWh (gross) battery pack is standard, and it gives an estimated range of 300 miles on the EPA cycle. The specifications of the production model may differ slightly from the concept.

The production ID. Space Vizzion will likely look very close to the concept showcased in LA. Volkswagen will probably position the ID. Space Vizzion as an upscale, lifestyle product with a high focus on comfort and luxury. We are not betting on it, but the concept’s extra comfy four-seater layout could be an option in the production car. The IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights, Augmented Reality head-up display, mini instrument cluster and the 15.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system from the concept version should also appear in the final product.

Volkswagen plans to introduce at least one new BEV model every year till 2030, and a key launch would be the electric cross-wagon derived from the ID. Space Vizzion. The company has confirmed the debut of the VW Aero B electric sedan in the second half of 2021. Given that the VW Aero B Shooting Brake will be its wagon version, albeit with SUV-inspired styling, expect its unveil to take place in the second half of 2022.

2023 should be the year of the VW ID. Space Vizzion in the United States. Expect prices to start in the range of $40,000-45,000.

VW likely to accelerate electric car plans in the United States

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The VW ID.Buzz and the Aero B are Volkswagen’s next global electric car launches, shows a roadmap presented at the static unveil of the ID.4 GTX at the Move Experience Center in the Netherlands this month. Image: Roland Tameling via Instagram.

A recent report from Bloomberg suggests that Volkswagen is rejigging its U.S. EV strategy. The German automaker may speed up EV launches now that U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed a massive, USD 174 billion investment to increase the adoption of EVs. Thomas Ulbrich, member of the Board of Management for Development at Volkswagen Passenger Cars, told reporters in Munich that the company is formulating plans “to realign” with the country’s new EV strategy. It may take final decisions about new investments related to intensifying efforts in electrification in the country later this year.

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