Making new sedans sexy to consumers is proving to be an increasingly heavy lift in the North American market, so Volkswagen has settled on ensuring that the debut of its upcoming electric sedan at CES is "lit" — albeit temporarily — while giving the car a new name to go along with its unique camouflage scheme.
The German brand has redubbed what had been known as the ID Aero the ID7, a roughly Passat-sized sedan that will go on sale next year in Canada and the United States with what is expected to be VW's best range from its growing family of battery-electric vehicles. The vehicle on display, a production-intent version, is expected to be rated at around 700 kilometers (435 miles) of range in Europe under the continent's looser Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure regimen, the brand said. Range figures for North American versions have not been released.
Volkswagen Canada confirmed the vehicle will arrives in 2024 but couldn't provide pricing or many specifications, yet.
VW said the ID7 will feature a 15-inch infotainment screen incorporating a "new display concept," along with digitally controlled automated air vents and an intelligent HVAC system that can detect an approaching driver with their key and begin to pre-cool or pre-heat the cabin as needed.