Volkswagen ID.7 Images Preview Imminent Announcement in China

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Volkswagen has been teasing the upcoming ID.7 electric sedan for a while now, but it’s finally out in the open. The automaker isn’t planning to reveal the car until next week at the Shanghai Auto Show, but un-camouflaged images surfaced on China’s National Intellectual Property Administration website ahead of the announcement. 

The images show a futuristic sedan with styling elements from other VW EVs, including the ID.4. In the back, the taillight bar extends across the trunk lid, which also features “ID.7 Vizzion” badging. Images leaked ahead of the ID.4’s unveiling showed similar badging, so it’s unlikely the funky model name will make its way to the United States.

Though it’s not a crossover, at least on paper, the ID.7 features a taller ride height than we expected. It also has a funky rear hatch shape with a large back deck behind the seats, but it’s unclear if that means an open cargo space or just an awkwardly shaped trunk.

A spec sheet with the images shows a range of up to 435 miles and a 787-kWh battery. Output lands at 201 horsepower and the vehicle’s top speed is limited to a sluggish 96 mph. However, China’s speed cameras and the penalties for being caught speeding are likely enough to keep it well below that number.

The ID.7 is expected to come to the U.S. as a 2025 model, which would mean a reveal sometime next year. In the meantime, the automaker’s ID. Buzz electric van will make its debut, so the next few years will be busy for the German company.

[Image: Volkswagen]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Lichtronamo Lichtronamo on Apr 12, 2023

    Car has some odd proportions, but looks better in the not white colors with lower profile wheels. The skateboard model for EVs may just work better as a CUV form. I believe the car is a hatchback so that would address the odd shelf behind the rear seats - same as any crossover. Interested in seeing one in reality, not just in photos. Also interested if they bring the ID.7 variant to the US.

    • Urlik Urlik on Apr 13, 2023

      They’ll probably call it a 5 door. Obvious hatch lines on the rear photo.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Apr 13, 2023

    It's so boring. I really think VW is making a mistake with all these ID models looking exactly the same. It's the perfect time to branch out into new, more exciting styling.