Canadian pricing for the ID.7, the first upper mid-size sedan in VW’s EV lineup, was not announced. VW says it will have a range of up to 700 kilometres
Volkswagen is bringing its newest electric vehicle, the ID.7, to Canada.
The ID.7 marks Volkswagen’s first all-electric vehicle for the upper mid-size class, measuring almost five metres in length and boasting a long wheelbase of 2.97 metres. It will be the third fully electric passenger vehicle from Volkswagen to enter the Canadian market after the ID.4 SUV in 2021.
“The ID.7 will be coming to Canada, likely towards the back half of 2024,” a spokesperson for the brand tells Electric Autonomy.
Volkswagen also confirms that the North American version of the ID.7 will be manufactured at the Volkswagen Emden plant in Germany.
The spokesperson for Volkswagen tells Electric Autonomy, “[a]t the present time, we do not have pricing details or further vehicle specifications that we can share.”
Available in two trim levels
The ID.7 will initially launch in Europe and China later this year, featuring two versions: the Pro trim with a 77 kWh battery and the Pro S trim with an 86 kWh battery.
The Pro trim will be capable of fast charging at up to 170 kW, while the Pro S will have a motor that can go up to 200 kW.
The Pro S will have a maximum range of 700 kilometres (using the European WLTP system) while the Pro’s projected maximum range is 615 km. Both trims offer 282 horsepower.
Like all new Volkswagen EVs, the ID.7 is built on VW’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform. The MEB can be used for a wide range of models, from compact cars to SUVs and family vans. The battery system is located in the underbody, between the axles, which allows for flexibility in changing the wheelbase and track.
Volkswagen says the ID.7 is suitable for long-distance travelling and for fleet customers. It benefits from the MEB platform’s short overhangs and long wheelbase, according to the press kit.
Advanced driver assist systems
Some of the features of the ID.7 include “a 38-centimetre (15-inch) infotainment system screen, a new air conditioning operating concept integrated on the top level of the infotainment system as well as freely assignable favourites buttons and a backlit touch slider.”
The interior also includes a smart panoramic sunroof that switches to opaque or transparent glass. The roof may be operated by both touch and voice control.
The ID.7 comes with an upgraded version of Volkswagen’s hands-free driving software, Travel Assist system, that uses swarm data. Swarm data is a technology that helps Travel Assist predict what is around the vehicle. It only operates when there is mobile network coverage.
The Travel Assist system combines lane centring with adaptive cruise control. The system utilizes cameras and navigation data to detect speed limits and adjust the car’s speed accordingly. It also provides assisted lane changes.
Additionally, the ID.7 features Park Assist Pro with a memory function. This allows the car to remember up to 50 metres of a parking maneuvers, which it can replicate in future situations. When the driver returns to a saved parking position, the ID.7 can offer to park itself automatically. Owners can complete the maneuver using their smartphone even after exiting the vehicle.
Sixth model in the ID family
The ID.7 is the sixth fully electric vehicle to join VW’s zero-emission lineup, which includes the ID.3, ID.4 SUV, ID.5, ID. Buzz and ID.6. Volkswagen exclusively sells the ID.6 in China, because the EV is specific to cater to the Chinese market.
“With the new ID.7, we are rounding off the top end of our electric model range,” says Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, in a press statement.
“The ID.7 is one of ten new electric models that we are planning to launch by 2026. Our goal? To offer suitable products for our customers in every segment.”
Along with the ID.7, Canadians can also look forward to the arrival of Volkswagen’s all-electric microbus, the ID. Buzz, in 2024. Pre-orders for the microbus will open later this year.
The ID. Buzz will have various options, including all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive, long wheelbase; and five, six, or seven-seat configurations, says Volkswagen.
The ID-7 is not the way we need VW to go. Bring on the ID-2! It is urgently needed to diminish our dependency on large cars, electric or ICE. Why does VW insist on believing that all people on this continent want to drive large cars? They don’t, and they never have. While some have, there is a significant population that wants a true people’s car, a “volkswagen”, so to speak. And a small manoeuvrable vehicle is much more to the point, more affordable, more drivable in today’s cities and countryside. True, there are those who drive long distances on the highway, but most drivers need a vehicle for trips well under 100 km per day, and for that, they do not need something half the size of a transit bus.
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