Volkswagen launches its new ID.6 electric car

VW will be producing its new zero-emissions seven-seater family car with a range of up to 365 miles (588km) for the Chinese market

By
Ian Osborne
April 19, 2021
Category:
EV Life

Volkswagen is driving its electrification offensive in China at full speed. The third model in the ID. family, the ID.6, has just been unveiled at the Auto Shanghai, a motorshow held in Shanghai, China. The new ID.6 electric car is currently being produced purely for the Chinese market.

Two versions of the fully electric family sports utility vehicle (SUV) will be available including the ID.6 CROZZ and the D.6 X. The new multi-variable all round model measures 4.88 metres long and seats up to seven people over three rows.

The ID.6 CROZZ is being manufactured in the north of China, while the ID.6 X in the southern part of the country. This new model is a continuation of Volkswagen’s regionalisation strategy and is another important step towards becoming the most sought-after brand for sustainable mobility in China.

Ralf Brandstätter, Volkswagen CEO, said: “With the new ID.6, we are laying the foundations for at least 50 percent of our cars sold in China being electric by 2030. We are maintaining momentum and gradually increasing our range of MEB cars.

“By 2023, Volkswagen will have a total of eight ID. models in China, making MEB nationwide there. The economies of scale that we have achieved allow us to offer the latest technology at an affordable price and thus further expand our electric offensive.”

Like the compact ID.3 and the ID.4, the third member of the fully-electric family is also based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). This platform enables consistent quality worldwide and also leaves room to develop individual models specifically for certain markets or regions of the world.

The ID.6 is tailored specifically to the needs and wishes of the Chinese market in terms of space, functionality, design and user experience. It includes many innovations and is the most spacious model of the ID. family to date. The ID.6 has gone in the direction of lots of interior space and creates design highlights in lighting and material.

The new ID.6 will be available in four configurations with a choice of two battery sizes. The 58kWh battery version will offer a range of up to 271 miles (436km), while the larger 77kWh battery model will offer up to 365 miles (588km). The battery is located under the passenger cabin and a low centre of gravity helps with handling and allows for space maximisation inside the car.

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