High-end VW ID.6 SUV global roll out plan under review – Report

The VW ID.6 might not remain a China-only model though initially the Land of the Red Dragon would be the only market that would get it. The upcoming electric car should eventually turn available in a few more countries which have the appetite for big SUVs, like the USA and Canada.

Speaking to autocar.co.uk recently, Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen, admitted that the production VW ID. Roomzz is only for China at the moment. However, he said that Volkswagen is still considering to launch the production ID.Roomzz in global markets.

Last year, a report from autoexpress.co.uk had ex-VW sales boss Jürgen Stackmann confirming that the U.S. launch of the production VW ID. Roomzz would take place after the Chinese market sales activation.

The Volkswagen ID.6 electric crossover that enters production in China next year is significantly larger than the ID.4, EVW had learned. As per the information we accessed, the ID.6 is expected to be almost 200 mm longer than the ID.4 with a 300+ mm wheelbase increase.

ParameterVW ID.6VW ID.4Difference
Length4,790 mm4,592 mm+198 mm
Width1,845 mm1,852 mm– 7 mm
Height1,654 mm1,629 mm+25 mm
Wheelbase3,100 mm (expected)2,766 mm+334 mm
VW ID.4 vs VW ID.6 dimensional comparison.

Following the reopening of the Chinese factories earlier this year following the Coronavirus lockdown, Volkswagen rolled out the first pre-production unit of the 7-seat electric SUV in the country, local media reported. Known internally as the Lounge SUVe, it 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. The ID.6 would 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.5 sports crossover, 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 current and future vehicles are based on Volkswagen’s MEB electric platform as the brand aims to sells 1.5 million electric cars a year by 2025.

The ID.6 SUV could reach the shores of the United States in the second half of 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 the large electric crossover that would go into production as the VW ID.6 in China.

Having produced a few units of the SUV earlier this year, engineers are testing these prototypes in Europe and China disguised as a Peugeot 5008. 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.

VW ID.6 dressed at a Peugeot 5008
Volkswagen is testing prototypes of the VW ID.6 dressed like a Peugeot 5008 in Europe and China. Image from DayDayNews.cc.

As per Chinese news stories, Volkswagen will be building the new electric SUV at the Anting plant through the joint venture between VW and SAIC. A few weeks ago, Volkswagen introduced the ID.4 in the Chinese market that is produced through the same joint venture. It comes with a 83 kWh battery, offering a range of 555 km in the NEDC measurement.

Volkswagen’s first electric car in India is expected as the ID.4 in the year 2022.