VW unveils ID.Aero concept and previews premium electric flagship sedan

Volkswagen on Monday unveiled the ID.Aero concept, an electric sedan heralding a future flagship model for the VW brand in the United States.

The concept transfers design language from previous ID family models like the ID.4 crossover into a “premium midsize sedan,” VW said in a press release. It’s built on the same MEB platform as the other ID models, featuring the same battery pack with 77kWh of usable capacity.

However, a remarkable drag coefficient of 0.23 could produce the longest range of any SEM-based model to date. VW estimates a range of 385 miles on the European WLTP test cycle.

Volkswagen ID.Aero Concept

And this, despite the generous proportions of the ID.Aero. With a length of 5 meters, it will be one of the largest vehicles built on the MEB platform, along with the ID.Buzz van.

It’s not the first larger MEB-based concept that VW has introduced. It follows 2018’s ID Vizzion sedan concept and 2019’s ID Space Vizzion wagon concept. But VW says it’s serious about a production version this time.

A production model will be launched in China in the second half of 2023 and in Europe the same year. VW said the ID.Aero would also come to the US, but didn’t mention a specific timeline.

Volkswagen ID.Aero Concept

Volkswagen ID.Aero Concept

In the US, the electric sedan could serve as an alternative to the recently discontinued VW Passat midsize sedan. The Passat’s death is emblematic of the US market’s shift towards pickups and SUVs, but VW seems to be interested in those segments as well.

VW Group of America CEO Scott Keogh said earlier this year that the automaker was considering an electric pickup. VW is also working on a Scout EV brand, which will be run as a separate business entity, much to the surprise and dismay of its US dealers.

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