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Volkswagen ID.7 saloon to join the brand’s electric range

A new Volkswagen ID.7 saloon will join the range of ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5 electric models (of course there’s also the new ID. Buzz, and there’s the ID.6 if you count models available only in China).

The Volkswagen ID.7 saloon will have an electric driving range of up to 434 miles.

Perhaps more significantly, it will also have an improved touchscreen design. Although the ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5 are good cars, all the traditional physical buttons on the dashboard have been removed and replaced with controls on the touchscreen. The result is that there’s too much button-pressing on the touchscreen for basic car controls because the permanent shortcut buttons that you need aren’t there.

Volkswagen says that this issue will be improved in the ID.7, with, for example, new air conditioning controls visible at all times on the first level of the infotainment system.

Another issue with the current ID. range is that the controls under the touchscreen to adjust temperature and volume don’t light up at night – so the ID.7 will have illuminated touch sliders. 

The ID.7 also features aerodynamic design details such as air intakes located in the front of the car which guide air down the sides of the vehicle to the rear, forming an air curtain, which improves the air flow at the sides of the vehicle.

Following the ID.4, the ID.7 is Volkswagen’s next global electric vehicle and it will be launched in Europe, North America and China. The world premiere of the series production version is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023. The ID.7 is one of ten new electric models that Volkswagen is planning to launch by 2026.

Volkswagen showcased the ID.7 with ‘interactive camouflage’ – with 40 layers of paint, and 22 areas of the vehicle can be controlled separately and are electrified below the top layer of paint so that they light up.

Since the first ID.3 models were handed over to customers in September 2020, Volkswagen has delivered 500,000 vehicles from its ID. family worldwide – around one year earlier than planned and despite the ongoing difficulties in the supply chain.