First body shell of the 7 seater VW electric SUV (VW ID.6?) produced [Update]

The VW ID.Roomzz Concept car has been put on display at Volkswagen Sachsen’s Transparent Factory in Dresden, as per an announcement shared via Twitter.com. The almost five metre-long family-oriented SUV stands alongside the VW ID. Buggy, VW ID. Crozz and, the “forefather” of the ID. Range, the VW ID. at the state-of-the-art auto factory. These concepts are expected to be exhibited until mid-August.

12 May 2020

As China recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, car companies are reopening dealerships and factories across the country and getting back to business as usual. Volkswagen restarted plant operations last month and according to Chinese news outlets, rolled out a pre-production unit of the 7-seat electric SUV in the country.

The 7-seat electric SUV, known internally as the Lounge SUVe, is touted as the production version of the ID.Roomzz that Volkswagen showcased in 2019 and will probably be named ID.6 as it would go on to become the largest member of the ID car range. Chinese reports say that it would measure over 5 m in length and compete with full-size electric SUVs such as the Nio ES8 and will be listed on the Chinese market in 2021.

The ID.6 will be the first three-row SUV in the ID line-up, which comprises of the ID.3 hatchback, ID.4 five-seater SUV, ID.Buzz van, ID.Vizzion sedan, ID.Space Vizzion family wagon, and to be joined by MEB Entry models VW ID.1 & VW ID.2. These vehicles are based on Volkswagen’s MEB electric platform as VW aims to sells 1.5 million electric cars a year by 2025. The ID.6 SUV could reach the shores of Europe and the United States in 2022 as a zero emissions alternative to the VW Tiguan AllSpace.

Volkswagen ID.Roomzz Concept side view
In 2019, the VW ID.Roomzz concept previewed a large electric crossover and it is this model that would go into production as possibly the VW ID.6 in China.

Volkswagen has only started production of the SUV prototypes that will be used for testing before series production begins. Volkswagen will be pitting the ID.6 against the Tesla Model X but will be much lesser in price than the Tesla. The top-spec ID.6 will be an all-wheel-drive (electric 4MOTION) and the expected combined power output is around 225 kW. Though the Roomzz concept was announced to be powered by an 82 kWh battery pack that boasted a range of up to 475 km (NEDC), reports suggest that VW could be offering the electric SUV with two battery options – 77 kWh and 111 kWh with a range of 450 km and 600 km respectively.

Volkswagen will be building the new electric SUV at the Anting plant through the joint venture between VW and SAIC. A few weeks backs, Volkswagen rolled out the first unit of ID.4 (ID.Next) that is produced through its joint venture with FAW from its Foshan factory. The ID.4 will be offered in battery packs – 55 kWh and 83 kWh, offering a range of 350 km and 500 km.