Under Biden’s EV shift, will the VW ID.6 head to the U.S. in 2023? [Update]

The VW ID.6 is currently a China-only model, and it will go on sale in Q3 2021. However, eventually, it may turn available in other countries with an appetite for big SUVs, like the USA, Canada, and perhaps the Middle East, when the charging infrastructure and interest in EVs improve considerably.

Thomas Ulbrich, BoM member for Development, Volkswagen, has indicated that a new EV-offensive is under planning for the U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed USD 174 billion investment in EVs, which has motivated Volkswagen to rethink its electrification goals. The German automaker wants “to realign” to the Biden government’s EV strategy, Bloomberg quoted Ulbrich telling reporters in Munich. It is working on updating the EV strategy for the U.S., and it would take the final decision this year during its annual investment review. The revised EV strategy may include the launch of more SUVs, possibly even the VW ID.6.

Volkswagen Group 2021 EV roadmap
The VW ID.6 is a China-only model right now. Image Source: Volkswagen Group

Speaking to autocar.co.uk in December 2020, Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen, admitted that the production VW ID. Roomzz (that eventually was launched as the VW ID.6) is for China at the moment. However, he said that Volkswagen is considering launching the ID.6 in global markets. Before that, a report from autoexpress.co.uk had ex-VW sales boss Jürgen Stackmann confirming the U.S. launch after the Chinese market sales activation.

On March 17, 2021, Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Director Group Sales, Volkswagen Group, indicated in a presentation that there’s no plan to offer the ID.6 anywhere other than China at the moment. The above slide of his presentation showed the VW ID.6 as a China-only model.

We wouldn’t rule out the possibility of VW releasing the three-row electric SUV stateside in 2023 or later. Maybe the Germans want to wait for the production start of the first EV (VW ID.4) at the Chattanooga facility in Tennessee before taking a call on further MEB platform models that would be added to the U.S. model range. If so, we will have to sit tight until September 2022 for the next update.

VW ID.6

Volkswagen Group unveiled two variants of the VW ID.6 on April 17, 2021. There’s a VW ID.6 X from the SAIC-VW joint venture and a VW ID.6 Crozz under the FAW-VW JV (VW operates in China via its two JV partners). The functionality, design, space, and user experience of the VW ID.6, essentially a three-row version of the VW ID.4, are tailored for the Chinese buyer.

Both ID.6 variants come equipped with three rows of seats and the VW IQ.Light matrix LED technology. VW describes them as having “excellent aerodynamic design” with elements that assist in reducing air resistance and wind noise. Here are the key features of the ID.6 revealed in the presentation:

  • 4,876 mm (192.0 in.) length, 30 cm (0.4 in.) longer compared to the ID.4 for the third-row seats
  • Longer Wheelbase of 2,975 mm (117.1 in.)*
  • 19- to 21-inch rims
  • Large panoramic glass roof & optional panoramic sunroof
  • Physical switches and buttons deleted. 12-inch touchscreen & “Hello ID.” voice command operation
  • Augmented reality head-up display
  • ID. Light

*VW ID.4 wheelbase officially measured 2,771 mm (109.1) in Europe and 2,776 mm (108.9 in.) in the U.S.

VW ID.6 interior
Known internally as the Lounge SUVe, the VW ID.6 is the production version of the ID.Roomzz concept showcased in 2019 and the largest member of the ID car range. Images: Volkswagen

Specifications

The ID.6 comes with two batteries – 58 kWh and 77 kWh (net capacity), that offer a range (NEDC) of 436 km (270.9 miles) and 588 km (365.4 miles). The top-spec AWD version makes 225 kW (302 hp) and can take the ID.6 to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 6.6 seconds. The top speed in this version is 160 km/h.

132 kW (177 hp) and 150 kW (201 hp) are the other power levels, and it is safe to assume that these figures apply to the single-motor RWD configurations. The 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of the configurations with these power outputs are 9.3 seconds and 9.1 seconds, respectively. There are two torque outputs, 220 Nm (162.3 lb.-ft.) and 310 Nm (228.6 lb.-ft.). The 132 kW (177 hp) and 150 kW (201 hp) configurations likely deliver 220 Nm (162.3 lb.-ft.) of torque, and the 225 kW configuration is the one that offers 310 Nm (228.6 lb.-ft.) of torque.

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The ID.6 is the first three-row SUV in the ID line-up, which comprises the ID.3 hatchback, ID.4 five-seater SUV, and is to be completed by the ID.5 sports crossover, ID.Buzz van, ID.Vizzion sedan, ID.Space Vizzion wagon, and the MEB Entry models VW ID.1 & VW ID.2. These current and future vehicles are based on Volkswagen’s MEB electric platform as the brand aims to sell 1.5 million electric cars a year by 2025 worldwide.

VW ID.6 Crozz

If VW decides to take the ID.6 nameplate global, we think the ID.6 Crozz would be served to other markets. In comparison to the ID.6 X, the Crozz has a slimmer grille which merges into the headlight cluster, and overall, it appears a bit more understated than the ID.6 X. However, aside from the subtle styling differences, the ID.6 Crozz and ID.6 X are no different.

VW ID.6 X

The VW ID.6 X can be recognised immediately through its odd-looking headlamps, although the sides and rear aren’t much different from those of the VW ID.4 (including the VW ID.4 X). Even the faux grille designs are totally unique but just as bizarre.

What’s worth appreciating, though, is that Volkswagen has managed to keep the profile nearly as sporty as that of the five-seat model by giving a rear windscreen almost as rakish and a very similar sloping roofline. Moreover, the muscular haunches, the boxier greenhouse, and the wider dimensions give a more SUV-like appearance to the pair of ID.6 cars.

SpecificationVW ID.6 Crozz Specs (China)VW ID.4 Specs (U.S.)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.

Release date

The ID.6 X and ID.6 Crozz can now be ordered in China. Volkswagen has priced the ID.6 Crozz between RMB 239,800 and RMB 334,800 yuan in the local market, as it began accepting reservations this week. The EV comes in five versions – Pure, Pure+, First, Pro and Prime. Based on its price, the VW ID.6 competes with variants of the Nio ES6, Tesla Model Y and the BYD Tang EV.

Feature Image Source: Volkswagen Newsroom