The Volkswagen ID.6 was spotted for the first time last year and it appears that work on the seven-seat electric crossover is almost complete. According to reports, the Volkswagen ID.6 should make its debut in production form during April’s Shanghai Auto Show, two years after it was unveiled during the same event as the Volkswagen ID. Roomzz concept.
Automotive News reports that the German manufacturer will reveal two versions of the Electric vehicle during the Shanghai exhibition, called the ID6 X and ID6 Cross. Both will be created by the company’s two Chinese joint ventures and will be promoted as more affordable Tesla Model X alternatives in China.
“With the Volkswagen ID6 X and Volkswagen ID.6 that we are presenting at the Shanghai motor will show a seven-seat SUV which is mainly created for the Chinese market,” Ralf Brandstaetter, Volkswagen’s brand CEO, told reporters on March 5.
More significantly, the announcement claims that the Volkswagen ID.6 could be introduced to the US market as well. A spokesman for Volkswagen said that an American launch is “conceivable,” though nothing else is well known at the moment. One thing Volkswagen made pretty clear, is that it has no intentions to sell the ID.6 in one form or another in Europe.
Just like the rest of Volkswagen’s ID models, the ID.6 will ride on the manufacturer’s MEB electric vehicle platform. The concept of this was implemented with an electric motor with a peak output of horsepower (225 kilowatts) and an 82-kilowatt-hour battery for a calculated range of 280 miles (450 kilometers) in the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure).
Mass production of the Volkswagen ID.6 for the Chinese market will begin shortly after the Shanghai Auto Show. If the vehicle gets the green light from the audience, it will probably arrive in the United States sometime next year.
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