Volkswagen’s Tesla Model 3 Rival Seen Testing In The Alps

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The vehicle in the photos sent to us by our spies is still hidden by camouflage, but it is certainly the electric sedan-like vehicle (very likely actually a liftback) from Volkswagen that is set to be launched in 2023 and possibly be called Aero-B (or this could just be its internal name). We originally thought this vehicle was going to be called ID.6, but now we know that name will be used for the three-row crossover instead.

Gallery: Volkswagen Electric Sedan spied

Subsequently, the Wolfsburg-based automaker will also launch this vehicle with a wagon/estate body style inspired by the ID Space Vizzion concept, although we don’t have a time frame for the latter. Under its skin it has the same modular MEB platform that underpins all compact VW group EVs.

We also expect it to share motors and battery packs with other ID-badged Volkswagens, so there will probably be a version with the single rear-mounted 204 PS / 201 horsepower electric motor and an 82 kWh battery pack with 77 kWh usable capacity. This configuration grants the ID.3 hatchback a WLTP range of 549 km (341 miles), while in the ID.4 that drops to 501 km (311 miles).

Gallery: VW I.D. Vizzion concept

Given three box vehicles’ improved aerodynamics compared to other body styles, there is a chance the sedan will be the range king among Volkswagen’s compact MEB-based EVs. We probably won’t see it hit the 400-mile mark with this battery, but there’s a good change it will do more than 350 miles on one charge on the WLTP cycle.

Our spies also point to information that an even bigger battery pack, with 84 kWh usable capacity, might be offered for this vehicle. This could boost its maximum range to 700 km (435 miles) and really make the sedan a very interesting (and relatively affordable) long range EV.

Gallery: Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion In LA

Regarding the prototype snagged by our spies, it looks like a finished pre-production vehicle. Nothing seems to be a placeholder, all the body panels seem final and they line up and the vehicle only has some camouflage hiding details on the front and rear fascias, although with a closer look, you can actually see the outline of the faux grille and headlight clusters.

It is also easily the most conventional looking of Volkswagen’s current ID models, and for most people this won’t look like anything special, just another sedan. We didn’t get any kind of look at the interior, though, so we don’t know if it retains the ID.3 and ID.4 look or if it is completely different.

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