Volkswagen is gradually reopening its factories in China, and is thus launching the pre-production of its future SUV, planned for 2022. This should be called ID.6 and will be based on the ID concept Roomzz presented in 2019.
Volkswagen aims to launch a full range of electric cars over the next few years: a compact (ID.3), a mid-size SUV (ID.4), a van (ID. Buzz), a sedan (ID. Vizzion), a family wagon (ID. Space Vizzion), a utility vehicle (ID.1), an urban SUV (ID.2), etc. Initially, all of them will be based on the MEB electric modular platform (except ID.1 and ID.2, which will do so on the cheapest MEB Entry).
However, to this wide range should be added one more member: the production version of the prototype ID. Roomzz, a large electric SUV to be produced in China. This model, whose final name could be ID.6, will be presented throughout 2021 and will go on sale in China that same year, arriving in 2022 in both Europe and the United States.
Now Volkswagen has announced the start of pre-production of the vehicle in China. Still under the generic name “Lounge SUVe”, the first units of the SUV have begun to be manufactured in one of the plants that the German brand has in the Asian country, which does not mean that the arrival of the model is near (remember that in 2018 there were already spy pictures of the pre-production ID.3 on open road).
The main attraction of the ID.6 will be a spacious seven-seater cabin, which will allow it to mark distances with respect to its little brothers, the ID.4 and its ID.5 coupe version. The main rival of the new Volkswagen model will be the Tesla Model X, although the price of the ID.6 will be notably lower, probably in the ballpark of Model Y.
Despite the fact that the ID.6 and the Model X will have a similar size, the price difference will be due to their opposite philosophies: while the former will be a general-style model despite its large size, the latter is a vehicle very technological focused on an audience seeking luxury and a premium approach. Within the Volkswagen range, the gas powered equivalent to ID.6 would be the Atlas, a huge SUV sold in the United States with simpler interior finishes than those of the smaller Touareg.
Initially, the ID.6 will be available only with all-wheel drive, its powertrain consisting of two electric motors: one of 300 hp (225 kW) and the other of 410 hp (300 kW). In addition, it will be available with two battery options; 77 kWh and 111 kWh, with driving range of 450 km or 280 miles and 600 km or 373 miles. Volkswagen claims level 4 autonomous driving for Roomzz concept, will the production model also get it?