Eventually the VW ID.6 could make it to the U.S. market [Update]

The ID.6 is developed primarily for customers in China, where three-row SUVs are popular and electric vehicle sales are booming. Still, there is a good chance of the ID.6 sailing to countries with increasing demand for large SUVs as EV adoption improves across segments.

Joe Biden’s EV push could pave the way for quick launches

Buoyed by U.S. President Joe Biden’s measures to promote EVs, including proposed investments worth USD 174 billion, Volkswagen is considering accelerating electrification in the U.S.

Citing Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen’s new BoM member for Development, a report from Bloomberg had said that Volkswagen plans “to realign” to the American government’s electric vehicle strategy. The German automaker may decide its new EV investments for the U.S. later this year during its annual investment review. A chunk of the new investments may go into the launch of more locally produced models, possibly new electric crossover/SUV like the three-row VW ID.6.

ID.6 was earlier considered for America

Ralf Brandstatter, CEO of Volkswagen, told autocar.co.uk last year that “there is a possibility” of the ID.6 for other markets. He was likely referring to the U.S., Middle East, and maybe Canada as the electric car’s potential markets.

In 2019, citing Jurgen Stackmann, a report from autoexpress.co.uk had stated that the ID.6 would be launched in the USA after China. Stackmann is the former Member of the Board of Management responsible for Sales, Marketing & After Sales, Volkswagen. European countries won’t be on the radar, as the 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.

Volkswagen will manufacture MEB platform models in the United States at the Chattanooga facility in Tennessee from September 2022, beginning with the VW ID.4. The markets of the USA and Canada may get the ID.6 from this production site if and when the model gets approved.

Here’s everything you should know about Volkswagen’s three-row electric SUV:

No immediate plan for the VW ID.6 in the United States

Though the VW ID.6 is seen as holding potential for the U.S., formally, there’s no plan for it today. In a presentation on March 17, 2021, Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Director Group Sales, Volkswagen Group, confirmed that the company is viewing the ID.6 as a China-only model at the moment.

VW ID.6 launch timeline
Dr. Dahlheim’s presentation indicates that currently there is no plan to launch the ID.6 in the United States. Image: Volkswagen Group

The VW ID.6 was unveiled in China in six- and seven-seat configurations in April. The VW ID.6 range includes an ID.6 X for the SAIC-VW JV company and an ID.6 Crozz for the FAW-VW JV company. As in the ID.4, Crozz would be the ‘global’ version if and when it is ready to ditch its China-only tag.

Exterior

VW ID.6 Crozz

The VW ID.6 Crozz differs from the ID.6 X with simpler fascias. Similarly, it has an understated design, which should suit tastes better globally, if it ever goes global.

The boxy headlamps provide a cooler styling to what could turn out to be the global ID.6. The upper grille is slimmer for a cleaner look, and unlike in the VW ID.6 X, merges into the headlamps. That said, the front bumper motif looks just weird and out of place.

VW ID.6 X

While the ID.6 Crozz has a ‘simpler’ styling, the ID.6 X exudes aggression. It has odd-looking taller headlamps but slightly better-looking fake grilles, along with heavy patterns in the lower portion. At the rear, 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 design recipe is modified to suit the taste of Chinese customers.

The two ID.6 models adopt excellent aerodynamic design to achieve improved endurance and energy efficiency performance. The smooth roofline extends all the way to the rear and is connected to the spoiler on the upper part of the rear window, presenting an elegant, streamlined shape. This design can not only further reduce air resistance but also reduce wind noise. At the same time, the waistline design is simple and powerful and outlines a solid and wide side profile, highlighting the recognizable new body proportions of the ID. family models.

Volkswagen Group commenting on the design of the VW ID.6

Interior

The interior design of both ID.6 models is the same. The production version of the VW ID.Roomzz concept from Auto Shanghai 2019 is internally called ‘VW Lounge SUVe,’ which connotes the space levels. The flagship ID series’s interior is focused on comfort, leisure, and practicality. The cabin space in the zero-emissions family SUV should be better than that of the Tiguan Allspace.

Specifications

The VW ID.6 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.). Here’s how it compares to its ICE-engined counterpart, the VW Tiguan AllSpace, and the VW ID.4:

VW ID.6 vs. VW Tiguan LWB (VW Tiguan Allspace/VW Tiguan L)

ParameterVW ID.6 X SpecsVW Tiguan LWB (Allspace/L) SpecsDifference
Length192.0 in.185.1 in.+6.9 in.
Width72.8 in.72.4 in.+0.4 in.
Height66.1 in.66.1 in.±0 in.
Wheelbase116.8 in.109.8 in.+7.0 in.

VW ID.6 vs. VW ID.4

ParameterVW ID.6 Crozz Specs (China)VW ID.4 Specs (USA)Difference
Length192.6 in.180.5 in.+12.1 in.
Width72.8 in.72.9 in.-0.1 in.
Height66.1 in.64.4 in.+1.7 in.
Wheelbase116.8 in.108.9 in.+7.9 in.

Volkswagen sells the ID.6 in multiple configurations with 58 kWh standard-range and 77 kWh extended-range battery pack options. The 58 kWh unit can deliver a range of up to 436 km (271 miles), while the 77 kWh unit allows a maximum range of 588 km (365 miles). Both range figures are as per China’s NEDC rating method.

The VW ID.6 can be configured in single-motor rear-wheel drive and 4MOTION two-motor all-wheel drive configurations. 132 kW, 150 kW, and 225 kW are the power levels, and 220 Nm and 310 Nm are the torque levels.

VW ID.6 rear
The VW ID.6’s curb weight is 2,280 kg (5,027 pounds). Its maximum laden weight (GVW) is 2,840 kg (6,261 pounds). Image Source: Volkswagen Group

The most performance-focused ID.6 variant with 4MOTION twin-motor all-wheel drive and 225 kW power packs the most punch. It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.6 seconds and attain a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph). The ID.6 with the 150 kW motor, presumably a RWD configuration, takes 9.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph. The VW ID.6 with the 132 kW motor is a little slower, taking 9.3 seconds to accomplish the same.

Features

On the outside, the VW ID.6 features IQ.Light matrix LED headlights with a connecting light strip, 21-inch alloy wheels, panoramic roof, and LED tail lights with X-shape graphics and a connecting light strip. Interior highlights include a 5.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Augmented Reality Head-Up Display (AR HUD), 12-way adjustable seats with massage function, and 30-color ambient lighting.

The official presentation of the VW ID.6 follows:

Source: Youtube/VW News

Price & Release Date

SAIC-Volkswagen launched the VW ID.6 X in June in the Chinese market, with prices ranging from CNY 239,888 (USD 37,122) to CNY 335,888 (USD 51,977). In July, FAW-Volkswagen launched the VW ID.6 Crozz, with prices starting at CNY 239,800 (USD 37,108) and going up to CNY 334,800 (USD 51,809).

FAW-Volkswagen held a delivery ceremony in Chengdu to hand over the first units of the ID.6 Crozz to customers on July 18, 2021, according to a post on its Weibo account. According to a report from autohome.com.cn, the company offers free charging for a year and free lifetime maintenance and roadside assistance services to the early ID.6 Crozz customers. These perks make the ID.6 Crozz a very tempting purchase and should give the three-row model a better chance at early success in China’s highly competitive EV market.

ID.6 TrimVW ID.6 X PriceVW ID.6 Crozz Price
PureCNY 239,888CNY 239,800
Pure+CNY 264,888CNY 266,800
1st EditionCNY 278,888CNY 278,800
ProCNY 278,888CNY 279,800
PrimeCNY 335,888CNY 334,800
VW ID.6 prices in China, including subsidy.

With the VW ID.4 off to a rocky start in China, there’s increased pressure on the ID.6 to crack the Chinese EV market. Three-row electric SUVs face relatively less competition, and so, it is in a better position to hit a home run for Volkswagen and its JV partners.

The VW ID.4’s sales in China are far lower than the initial estimate, which has forced the JV companies to slash production, it has emerged. The VW ID.4 Crozz and VW ID.4 X together sold 1,213 units combined in May 2021, approximately 200 units lesser than in April 2021, as per a Reuters report. At this rate, it won’t meet the 2021 sales target, which is 50,000-60,000 units for the ID.4 X and around the same figure for the ID.4 Crozz.

VW ID.6 FAQs

What is the VW ID.6 release date?

The VW ID.6 is now on sale in China, but there’s no plan to sell it in other markets.

What are the VW ID.6 competitors?

The Nissan Ariya ‘Plus’ model and the Hyundai Ioniq 7 are future competitors of the ID.6.

Is the VW ID.6 destined for Europe and America?

Volkswagen states that the ID.6 is made for China. A global launch is not expected in the foreseeable future.

Featured Image Source: Volkswagen Group