VW confirms funky RWD electric station wagon for production
In this somewhat doom and gloom world for the motoring enthusiast, there are a few silver linings. Electrification will see more rear-wheel drive cars out in the world. And, the station wagon could make a comeback.
The latter is what Volkswagen is pinning its hopes on with its oddly named but traditionally bodied ID. Space Vizzion. Revealed late last year at the LA Motor Show as a concept, the German estate got tongues wagging with its sleek station wagon silhouette and rear-driven platform (based on VW Group’s MEB architecture).
Now, Volkswagen has confirmed the model has been given the green light for production. In a message published on LinkedIn, VW chief executive Ralf Brandstätter announced the model’s status while also supplying its internal project name; Aero B.
“The Aero B is our interpretation of sustainable premium. It scores in all dimensions of electrical performance thanks to our continuously improved MEB, it can be charged super-fast and offers a little more of everything: more space, more range, more acceleration and more top speed,” he said, his German message here translated with Google Translate.
While few hardware details were confirmed in the memo, Brandstätter did announce that the model will pack around 700km of range — a very impressive figure significantly up on the 590km claimed at concept launch — and is set to start being produced in 2023.
He also noted the aerodynamic advantages of the station wagon shape; one reason there are more electric sedans and hatchbacks at present than there are SUVs. Fun fact; this thinking was why Volvo entered its 850 in the British Touring Car Championship in its station wagon form at first.
“With 700km [of range, it’s] a real range hero. Its aerodynamic design ensures a top drag coefficient and an extremely attractive high-tech look. A feast for the senses — and for all tech and design fans,” Brandstätter added.
“A new, powerful e-model that will attract a lot of attention around the world. [...] It will roll off the assembly line from 2023. We are thus giving a clear commitment to the importance of the location and to future-proof employment. Volkswagen intends to sell a total of more than one million e-cars per year by 2025 at the latest.”
The ID. Space Vizzion (we don’t expect that name to make it to production) is set to join the ID.3 and ID.4 in Volkswagen’s expanding EV line-up. The former has just gone on sale in Europe, with the latter to enter the market soon, too. While the ID.3 hasn’t yet been confirmed for the local market, Volkswagen New Zealand has said that it wants to bring the ID.4 to local showrooms in 2022.