The VW Touareg is going fully electric in the next generation, and the first-ever VW Touareg electric could be launched as an ID. model – the VW ID.7. Sharing the MEB platform with the VW ID.4, VW ID.5 and VW ID.6 electric SUVs, the global debut is set in 2023.
Unlike the first- and second-gen, the currently running VW Touareg was not launched in the USA. The successor, according to autobild.de, could have the branding team at Volkswagen repurpose the existing name or choose a new one, like ‘ID.7’, for instance. It does say that there too many models in the Volkswagen line-up to continue using a numerical nomenclature for all upcoming electric vehicles.
The VW ID.7 will be immediately recognizable as a Volkswagen EV and Chief Designer Jozef Kaban is working on a fresh family face, says the report. As observed in the VW ID.6, the ID.7 will feature two LED light strips connecting the lamps. Measuring just under 5,000 mm (197 inches), the VW ID.7 would have an “almost van-like” interior, as per AutoBild, thanks to a flat floor and wheels pushed to the outer edges of the chassis. The interior design won’t be as funky as that of the VW ID.4, and one can expect the cabin to take on a more executive look instead.
VW ID.7 Performance
As the VW ID.7 is expected to be a two and half-ton (5,000-pound) mammoth. the 77 kWh (net)/82 kWh (gross) battery of the smaller ID SUVs would be inadequate. Hence a 110 kWh battery pack will be offered, explains the German report. Volkswagen has envisioned a similar battery configuration for the ID. Buzz Cargo and VW ID. Vizzion concepts in the past. AWD drivetrain layout will be standard, but an off-road package is not planned. The range of the VW ID.7 should be 700 km or 435 miles.
The VW ID.7’s manufacturing should go to the same factory as the ID. Buzz and the recently confirmed three electric SUVs based on the PPE platform in Hannover, Germany. Compared to the third-gen VW Touareg, the VW Touareg electric or VW ID.7 would be about €10,000 ($12,000) cheaper and cost around €50,000 ($61,000) onwards in German showrooms.
The U.S. is already in line to get a similarly spec’d VW ID.6 that is to be produced in Chattanooga. Still, the report says that the VW Touareg electric or VW ID.7 will be launched in this market. Perhaps it will serve as an imported, premium alternative to the ID.6.