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New VW ID.6 (2021): This is the new large electric SUV

Stefan Baldauf
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D he electric SUV with three rows of seats will initially be launched in China, then for the US market the model will roll off the assembly line in the Chatanooga plant. The car should also be available in Germany from 2022, albeit as a Chinese import.

VW ID.6 with a range of 600 kilometers

The VW ID.6 - the name is not yet official and could differ depending on the market - based on the Group's modular electrical construction kit (MEB). 77 kWh battery packs are housed in the floor; they are known from ID.3 and ID.4. In a further stage, the large SUV is to receive 110 kWh batteries. The smaller version has a range of around 450 kilometers according to WLTP, the larger battery allows more than 600 kilometers. Basically, the ID.6 comes with an electric motor per axle - i.e. with all-wheel drive. The performance of the electric motors is certainly based on that of the Roomzz study. They offered a system output of 306 hp. According to initial rumors, a further performance level of 410 hp is targeted.

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The ID.Roomzz study from the Shanghai Auto Show 2019.

The dimensions should also improve base the production model on the study. At 4.91 meters long and 1.89 meters wide, it was about the size of a VW Touareg. The height of 1.76 meters also fits into the large SUV segment.

E-Atlas looks like a van

The silhouette roughly corresponds to that of the Roomzz. The front looks massive, the typical ID headlights are larger under the Peugeot camouflage. Instead of cameras, there are exterior mirrors on the door railings, and instead of sliding doors, classic doors are installed at the rear. The front hood is contoured, the windshield is flat, the roof tilts gently towards the rear.

Here are narrow lights andTo see a detached apron without an exhaust system, of course. The rear window is shielded by a rather large roof spoiler. Noticeable on the side: the strongly flared fenders, which were already visible in the study. The side view is also characterized by strong beads. Even though the D-pillar is still camouflaged, it should still be quite wide.

Review: Volkswagen presented the ID study at the Shanghai Auto Show. Roomzz, who gave a glimpse of the brand's large electric SUV. The exterior design was smooth, the transitions between the body parts should be almost seamless; that improves the aerodynamics.

Variable seating concept and autonomous driving

On the smooth front, horizontal LED strips emphasized the width, the VW logo was also illuminated. Instead of exterior mirrors, the study had cameras. Strongly accentuated wheel arches arched over the 22-inch wheels. A roof line made of aluminum ran from the A to the D-pillar. The four doors opened electrically via touch strips and released a wide opening - the study did not have a B-pillar. The seats in the interior could be arranged variably - depending on whether the driver wanted to drive himself or whether the electronics would take control.

The ID.Roomzz should drive autonomously at level 4, so the driver can temporarily control it submit. The angular steering wheel then retracts and the electronics take over if the driver touches the VW logo on the steering wheel for more than five seconds. Laser scanners then extend out of the roof, which display the autonomous mode with special lighting. The interior is also changing, it should be more like a living room. Natural materials contribute to the cosiness: on the floor there is herringbone parquet made of light oak. To ensure sustainability, the seats are covered with a fabric that is made up of 20 percent residues from apple juice production.

Two electric motors, one on each axle, provide a system output of 225 kW (306 hp) a 6.6-second sprint from 0 to 100 km /h. After WLTP comes the ID. Roomzz with 82 kWh battery up to 450 kilometers. More important than the top of 180 km /h: With 150 kilowatts, the battery charges to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The battery is charged inductively or via a plug.

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