Ahead of the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show that opens its doors on April 19, the VW Group has announced that it will unveil two variants of the VW ID.6 on April 17. The VW ID.6 X will be revealed as product from the SAIC-VW joint venture whereas the VW ID.6 Crozz will come under the FAW-VW JV (VW operates in China via its two JV partners).
Both variants of the VW ID.6 will be equipped with three rows of seats and the VW IQ.Light matrix LED technology. Both variants are described by VW as having “excellent aerodynamic design” with elements that assist in reducing air resistance and wind noise.
Detailed pictures and specs of the VW ID.6, which is essentially the three-row version of the VW ID.4, have already leaked online though.
VW ID.6 Crozz
When VW decides to take the ID.6 nameplate global, it is the ID.6 Crozz which would be served to other markets. In comparison to the ID.6 X, the Crozz sees a slimmer grille which merges into the headlight cluster, and overall, 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 would be mechanically related. Hence, the ID.6 Crozz too will get the ID.4’s rear mounted 150 kW (204 PS) electric motor.
VW ID.6 X
The VW ID.6 X can be recognised immediately through its odd-looking headlamps, although 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.
|Aspect||VW ID.6 X Specification||VW ID.4 X Specification||Difference|
|Length||4,876 mm||4,612 mm||+ 264 mm|
|Width||1,848 mm||1,852 mm||– 4 mm|
|Height||1,680 mm||1,640 mm||+ 40 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,965 mm||2,765 mm||+ 200 mm|
The base VW ID.6 X has a single, rear-mounted electric motor generating 150 kW or 204 PS of power. That’s enough power to allow a top speed of 160 km/h. Reports suggest that there will be two battery options – 77 kWh (net) and 111 kWh (net) with a range of 450 km and 600 km respectively in the NEDC metric.
The AWD variants of the VW ID.6 will be getting a 150 kW electric motor on each axle, as per a new report from AutoHome.com.cn. Notably, these dual motor variants should offer a considerable boost in performance over the standard rear-driven, entry level variants, however, the exact specifics are yet to be announced. VW will reveal the ID.6 twins on April 17.
The VW ID.6 might not remain a China-only model though initially the Land of the Red Dragon would be its home. The upcoming electric car should eventually turn available in a few more countries which have big appetites for SUVs, like the USA, Canada and perhaps the Middle East when the charging infra and interest in EVs improve.
Speaking to autocar.co.uk in December 2020, Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen, admitted that the production VW ID. Roomzz is for China at the moment. However, he said that Volkswagen is considering to launch in global markets. Prior to 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. Model plans change often, and we should receive the next update on the ID.6’s availability at the premiere.
Pre-production of the 7-seat electric SUV from Volkswagen began last year. Known internally as the Lounge SUVe, it is the production version of the ID.Roomzz that Volkswagen showcased in 2019 and 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 by the second half of the year.
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 and is to be completed by the ID.5 sports crossover, ID.Buzz van, ID.Vizzion sedan, ID.Space Vizzion family wagon, and 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.
The ID.6 SUV could reach the shores of the United States in 2023 or 2024 as a zero emissions alternative to the VW Tiguan AllSpace.
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