Volkswagen’s third ID model will be exclusive to China, with up to seven seats, close to 600km of NEDC range, and available all-wheel drive.
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.6 electric SUV has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at this week’s 2021 Shanghai motor show.
The third member of Volkswagen’s burgeoning ID electric vehicle family, the six- or seven-seat ID.6 will be sold exclusively in the Chinese market, where it will be offered in two guises, each built as part of a different Volkswagen joint venture: the ID.6 X (built by SAIC, owners of Australia’s MG and LDV) and ID.6 Crozz (manufactured by FAW).
Underpinned by the brand’s MEB modular electric platform, the ID.6 measures 4876mm long, 1848mm wide and 1680mm high, riding on a 2965mm wheelbase – just 9mm wider and 13mm taller than Australia’s Tiguan Allspace, but a not-insignificant 175mm longer in both overall length and wheelbase.
Versus the ID.4 mid-size SUV unveiled in September 2020, the China-only crossover is on par in width, and stands 50mm taller, but is a staggering 301mm longer in overall length and 200mm longer in wheelbase – the latter pair of dimensional increases applied to accomodate the third row of seats.
Boot space in any configuration isn’t claimed, however. Six- or seven-seat layouts are available, the former likely thanks to second-row captain’s chairs.
Chinese buyers will have a choice of three electric motor options and two battery sizes, mirroring choices offered by the ID.4 (and its upcoming GTX performance variant) in Europe and/or China.
Entry-level variants pack a 132kW/220Nm rear-mounted electric motor good for a 9.3-second 0-100km/h time, mid-spec models extract 150kW/310Nm from the e-motor for a 9.1-second benchmark sprint, while the flagship, dual-motor all-wheel drive variant develops 225kW, and can cover the 0-100km/h dash in 6.6 seconds.
Battery sizes range from 58kWh to 77kWh (net), said to be capable of driving ranges on China’s (and Australia’s) NEDC test cycle of 436km and 588km respectively. Figures on Europe’s stricter WLTP protocol haven’t been announced, as the vehicle won’t be sold on the Continent.
Both models claim electronically-limited top speeds of 160km/h and send drive through a single-speed transmission, with unladen weight for an unspecified variant rated at 2280kg.
On the styling front, the ID.6 draws inspiration from the I.D. Roomzz concept of 2019, with large LED headlights up front connected by an LED daytime-running light strip (an ID sub-brand design trait), flush-faced door handles, pronounced rear wheel arches, and full-width LED tail-lights with red rear VW badges.
Differences between X and Crozz models comprise different LED headlight signatures, lower front and rear bumper designs, tail-light shapes and signatures, and rear tailgate designs (including the positioning of the licence plate).
Alloy wheels between 19 and 21 inches in diameter fill the arches.
Those familiar with the ID.4’s cabin will find few surprises inside the ID.6, with a 12.0-inch tablet-style infotainment touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, and a freestanding 5.3-inch digital instrument display in front of the driver.
The buttons below the touchscreen all employ capacitive touch sensitivity, while the images show a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, and a Harman/Kardon premium sound system will be available on certain variants.
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.6 will go on sale in China in the coming months, as part of Volkswagen’s plans to offer eight ID electric models in the nation by 2023 – the first four fulfilled by X and Crozz versions of the ID.4 and ID.6 combined.
Despite the German licence plates seen in many of the official images, the ID.6 won’t be offered outside of the Chinese market – though previous overseas rumours have suggested a US launch could be on the cards.
As for the smaller ID.3 and ID.4, an Australian launch isn’t expected any earlier than 2023.
2021 Volkswagen ID.6 electric SUV revealed for China