Volkswagen has been building a Tesla Model 3-fighting electric sedan for some time, and our spy photographers have been able to temporarily capture the latest prototype called “Aero B” for testing on the streets of Germany.
At first glance, the front features a Jetta-esque grille, but on closer inspection, it’s actually a sticker. In all likelihood, the front will resemble the ID.4 crossover, the only single line connecting the original graphics headlights. We can also see that the actual design of the headlights is hidden by the sticker, so their final design will probably be identical to that of ID.4.
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At the bottom, the side intakes have more stickers to make them look bigger than they really are. Granted, the production version of this car will probably only have thin air screens, with most of the space around them being colored. Rounded from the front edge is a central feeder at the bottom of the bumper that looks like the only camouflage opening for this car.
Moving backwards, the overall profile of the vehicle is smooth and aerodynamic, which is not surprising considering how significantly it affects the range of electric vehicles. Other than that, the side graphics are standard Volkswagen, but the new design details come in the form of a flashy door handle and an incredibly sharp dot on the back of the window line.
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On the rear of the car, like the headlights, the original design of the taillights is obscured by stickers, and since so far all vehicles in VW’s ID lineup have been hatchbacks, we really have no reference to what a palanquin taillights would look like. Away from the fuzzy outline of the bottom of the stickers, they do not appear to be the same size as ID.4, but they bear a resemblance to the square units of ID.3.
However, another crease below the covered upper trunk suggests that the VW may go the way of a full-width light bar as seen in the ID. Space Vision concept. The rest of the rear has the same design as the Jetta, albeit with a slightly longer proportion, and another sticker with mesh exhaust pipe that will probably be a plastic trim in the production vehicle.
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What gives this car power is in the air right now. ID. The Space Vision concept includes an 82 kWh battery pack and a rear-mounted electric motor that produces 275 hp (279 PS / 205 kW), and it was good for 590 km (367 miles) range and 300 miles (483) in WLTP cycles. Km) EPA cycle range. A dual-motor all-wheel-drive version of 335 hp (340 PS / 250 kW) and 0-60 mph (0-96 km / h) of 5.0 seconds combined output was also to be developed.
However, the more likely option is that the car will borrow ID.4’s powertrain offers The first is a single-motor RWD setup with an 82 kWh battery that produces 201 hp (204 PS / 150 kW) and is good for WLTP cycles at 522 km (324 miles) and 260 miles (418 km) EPA cycles. Second, a more powerful option is the dual-motor AWD setup with the same 82 kWh battery, which produces 295 hp (299 PS / 220 kW) and is good for 482 km (300 miles) range in WLTP cycles and 249 miles (401 km) EPA cycles. .
Production of the sedan, which has not yet been officially named, will begin in 2023 at Volkswagen’s Emden plant. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post
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