The VW ID.6 has leaked online ahead of a possible world premiere at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show in April. As expected, the VW ID.6 is simply a magnified version of the ID.4.
Volkswagen does not intend to stop its electric SUV assault with the VW ID.4. The company, which is recovering from a global emissions scandal that broke in early 2015, will launch the VW ID.6 (VW 316/7), a bigger and more practical version with a three-row seating that is to likely to be available in 6-seat and 7-seat seating layouts in the global market. It has been developed primarily for customers in China where three-row SUVs are popular, but there is a good chance of it sailing to other countries that have demand for large SUVs in the next couple of years.
China gets the VW ID.4 in two versions, one with the ‘simpler’ styling as the global version, from the FAW-VW JV company – VW ID.4 Crozz, and the other with a bit more aggression coming from the SAIC-VW JV company – VW ID.4 X. The VW ID.6 could be produced similarly, as the model here is called ‘VW ID.6 X’. As you would’ve guessed, it’s a product of the SAIC-VW combine.
The VW ID.6 X is differentiated from the VW ID.4 (including the VW ID.X) mainly at the front. It has odd-looking taller headlamps, taller fake grilles, and heavy patterns in the lower portion. At the rear, the windscreen is just slightly less raked, there’s gloss black plating on the tailgate to mimic the styling of the VW ID.4 X, and the reflectors are horizontal units. It goes without saying that the bumpers are different from the donor model.
The ID.6, the production version of the VW ID.Roomzz concept from Auto Shanghai 2019, is internally called ‘VW Lounge SUVe’. The interior of the flagship ID series would have a premium setup compared to the VW ID.4, with a great focus on comfort, leisure and practicality. Expect cabin space better than the VW Tiguan LWB (VW Tiguan Allspace/VW Tiguan L) in the zero-emissions family SUV. For reference, the ICE model is 185.1 in. long, 72.4 in. wide, and 66.3 in. tall and has a 109.8 in. wheelbase.
VW ID.6 Specs
The Chinese VW ID.6 (codename: VW 316/7 CN_B) measures 4,876 mm (192.0 in.) in length, 1,848 mm (72.8 in.) in width and 1,680 mm (66.1 in.) in height. The wheelbase is 2,965 mm (116.8 in.). The American VW ID.6, should it get the green light, could have the same dimensions, and if there would be differences, they’d be unnoticeable.
VW ID.6 vs. VW 4
|Parameter||VW ID.6 Specs (China)||VW ID.4 Specs (US)||Difference|
|Length||4,876 mm (192.0 in.)||180.5 in.||+11.5 in.|
|Width||1,848 mm (72.8 in.)||72.9 in.||-0.1 in.|
|Height||1,680 mm (66.1 in.)||64.4 in.||+1.7 in.|
|Wheelbase||2,965 mm (116.8 in.)||108.9 in.||+7.9 in.|
VW ID.6 vs. VW Tiguan LWB (VW Tiguan Allspace/VW Tiguan L/VW Tiguan XL)
|Parameter||VW ID.6 Specs||VW Tiguan (LWB/Allspace/XL/L) Specs||Difference|
|Length||4,876 mm (192.0 in.)||185.1 in.||+6.9 in.|
|Width||1,848 mm (72.8 in.)||72.4 in.||+0.4 in.|
|Height||1,680 mm (66.1 in.)||66.3 in.||-0.2 in.|
|Wheelbase||2,965 mm (116.8 in.)||109.8 in.||+7.0 in.|
The VW ID.6 in the leak is powered by a 150 kW (201 hp) electric motor and has a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph). More configurations are expected to follow soon, including a dual-motor all-wheel drive. No word on the battery specifications or range yet, but they should be similar to the ID.4’s numbers – 77 kWh (net) and 250 miles (EPA).
Citing Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen, autocar.co.uk reported last month the VW ID.6, is a China-only model at the moment. However, Volkswagen likely does plan to launch it in the U.S. market within a few years. In 2019, citing Jurgen Stackmann, a report from autoexpress.co.uk had said that the production VW ID.Roomzz will be launched in the USA after China. Stackmann is the former Member of the Board of Management responsible for Sales, Marketing & After Sales, Volkswagen.
In addition to saying that the production version is going to China, Brandstatter said that “there is a possibility” of this model for other markets. European countries won’t be on the radar, as the VW ID.6 is simply too big for their needs. “Europeans like compact car shape, they don’t like extra-large,” Stackmann had explained in 2019. Meanwhile Brandstatter was likely referring to the U.S., Middle East and maybe Canada as the electric car’s potential markets.
Volkswagen has confirmed that it will manufacture MEB platform models in the USA at the Chattanooga facility in the State of Tennessee from 2022. The markets of USA and Canada will get the ID.6 from this production site when the model gets approved.
Last year Volkswagen was testing the ID.6 in Europe with a Peugeot-like fake front and rear fascias. Jean-Philippe Imparato, the CEO of Peugeot and the Retail Director of Groupe PSA, joked about it on Twitter. The clever disguise helps confuse onlookers and draws attention away from what Volkswagen is cooking, but the cheeky move is not fooling auto experts or bloggers!
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