Volkswagen has shown many ID. Family models in the product pipeline as part of its new Accelerate strategy. These include members in the distant future, like a €20,000 EV (VW ID.2) that has been “pushed up by two years to 2025” and a new flagship EV developed under project Trinity, due in 2026. However, there is no mention of a VW ID.7 or an electric SUV positioned above the ID.6 in Volkswagen’s recent presentations or media interviews.
It emerged in December that Volkswagen had to freeze the VW ID. Ruggdzz (VW ID. Ruggedzz) niche model because of other mass-market VW ID. EVs needing priority. Similarly, the company could not have taken up the VW ID.7 project because the potential volumes are lower than the VW ID.5, VW ID.6, and VW Aero B. It may wait until demand for premium electric SUVs increases to launch flagship products.
VW ID.7 in the media
It is worth noting that media websites have had different speculations about the ID.7. For instance, in 2019, an Auto Bild report had said that the ID.7 would be the production ID.Buzz. This year, a new Auto Bild report had stated that the ID.7 would be the road-ready ID. Space Vizzion (Aero B). Our story is about neither of these models.
VW ID.7 platform
A VW Touareg-class VW ID.7 electric SUV would need a highly advanced specification to convince buyers to shell out a premium; else, it may end up going the way of the VW Phaeton. Doing so before 2026 could mean undermining the highly innovative coupe-like electric sedan developed under project Trinity and stealing its thunder. Perhaps then, releasing a VW ID.7 would make more sense after the Scalable Systems Platform (SSP)-based VW Trinity sedan project. The timing would be just right for an SUV of that class, as solid-state batteries would be available, and releasing such groundbreaking technologies is usually executed in a top-down approach.
The SSP platform underpinning the VW ID.7 could mean much greater levels of digitalization compared to today’s VW ID. models. Car.Software-Org., established last year, is working on the technical foundations for autonomous driving and new mobility services, which could be offered with the VW.OS 2.0 operating system in the SSP platform-based models like the ID.7.
With the announcement of Project Trinity, Volkswagen has confirmed that it will be possible to keep SSP platform-based models hardware-ready for Level 4 autonomous driving. Customers would be able to enjoy many newly introduced features or features they didn’t specify at the time of purchase “on demand,” as the hardware will be largely standardized for reduced complexity in production.
VW ID.7 Design
Unlike the first- and second-gen, the currently running VW Touareg was not launched in the United States. The successor, according to a report autobild.de published last year, could have the branding team at Volkswagen repurpose the existing name or choose a new one, like ‘ID.7’, for instance.
The VW ID.7 will be immediately recognizable as a Volkswagen EV and Chief Designer Jozef Kaban is working on a fresh family face, said the report. As observed in the ID.6, the VW 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, explained 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 in the WLTP cycle.
VW ID.7 Price & Positioning
The VW ID.7’s manufacturing could go to the same factory as the ID. Buzz and the three electric SUVs based on the PPE platform confirmed late last year in Hannover, Germany. Compared to the third-gen VW Touareg, the VW ID.7 was expected to be about €10,000 ($12,000) cheaper and cost around €50,000 ($61,000) onwards in German showrooms.
The VW Touareg electric or VW ID.7, whenever it arrives, could be launched in the U.S. market. Perhaps it will serve as a premium or cleaner alternative to the VW Atlas, and now that the ID.6 is not destined for North America, it clears the way for the large-class electric SUV.
Volkswagen plans to invest around €16 billion in e-mobility, hybridization, and digitalization up to 2025. By 2030, the company aims to increase the share of its EVs in annual sales to over 70% in Europe and over 50% in the USA and China. So, it is speeding up its e-mobility expansion and plans to launch at least one new BEV model every year till 2030.