Considered the electric equivalent of the Passat, the Volkswagen Aero B has begun its first tests on open roads. Expected in 2023, it should offer up to 700 kilometers of autonomy with a charge.
Volkswagen continues its electric offensive. After the compact ID.3, the brand is preparing to launch another sedan in the upper segment. Announced as the heir to the Passat, it is provisionally named Aero B. From the ID concept. Vizzion presented in 2018 in Geneva, it will take up the aesthetic codes of the different models in the ID range.
If the concept exceeded 5 meters in length, the recent images unveiled by Cascoops suggest a much more compact model. We thus expect a size comparable to the 4.78 m of the current Passat. What bring the Aero B closer to the Tesla Model 3 which will be one of its main rivals in the segment.
A modified SEM platform
Intended to respond to much more versatile uses, the Aero B should be the first model of the brand to integrate the modifications of the MEB platform. Indicated last month, these consist in the first place of advancing autonomy. Probably via an increase in battery capacity, limited to 77 kWh on the current platform, this can go up to 700 kilometers. Charging power will also be increased, from 150 to over 200 kW.
Performance will also be there with a potential GTX version in four-wheel drive. This should take over the configurations of the current ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX which develop 295 horsepower and 310 Nm of torque.
Sedan or station wagon
Like the Passat, the Volkswagen Aero B will offer two body choices. In addition to the basic sedan configuration, a station wagon version is also on the program. Announced by the ID Space Vizzion concept, presented in 2019 in Los Angeles, it should be launched in a second phase.
Launch in 2023
At its launch, the Volkswagen Aero B should take over the ID label of the brand. If we follow the logic, we therefore expect an ID.6. Unless the brand goes out of its series of numbers with a simple Aero ID.
Announced for 2023, the electric sedan will be assembled in Emden (Germany) where Volkswagen recently started a new production line for the ID.4. If it is naturally too early to mention the prices, we expect a price of around 50,000 euros for the basic version.