And it’s a big luxury SUV aimed squarely at Tesla.
German automotive heavyweight Volkswagen is lining up yet another addition to the growing I.D. family of electric cars, this time focused on topping out the range with a large SUV that’ll offer the kind of luxury and convenience technology that would make a Tesla Model X rather nervous.
The range-topping model, rumoured to be called the I.D. Lounge, will sit as the flagship of Volkswagen’s I.D. lineup, and is expected to take the form of a large 3-row SUV. It’ll sit on a wheelbase of 3300mm, making it the largest iteration of Volswagen’s MEB platform, which was developed specifically for the Volkswagen Group’s electric models. The Lounge is expected to bow in next April, where it'll debut at the Shanghai Motor Show.
Two electric motors, one powering each axle, provide a combined output of 275kW. That’s of course fed by a battery, expected to measure in at 111kWh in size (and lithium-ion in nature), and should be enough to accommodate a range of as much as 600km on a single charge.
Being the largest and most luxurious I.D. model in the range, Autocar posits that the Lounge should be introduced by the brand towards the end of 2022. The first SUV I.D. model, the Crozz (we didn’t mis-type that), should be on the market by early 2021, followed by a less-practical but more-desirable body style variant of that by the end of that year or early-2022.
And as with any high-value electric vehicle, the I.D. Lounge is expected to throw in a wide variety of convenience & tech features like semi-autonomous driving capability (or by then perhaps full autonomy), AI-powered voice assistant, and others too. Be sure to stay tuned to CarShowroom as we bring you more updates as they come.