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VW’s electric station wagon is making a big impact

Time for a station wagon: VW shows the ID.7 Tourer

The ID.7 becomes a station wagon. With this model, VW is finally returning to its namesake roots. Because here the benefit is clearly in the foreground. But in one respect in particular, it is still too early to praise the electric station wagon and Passat twin.

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SUVs, a sedan, high prices – anyone who looks at VW’s electric portfolio almost inevitably has to ask themselves the question: How much Volkswagen Is it still in there? With the ID.7 Tourer, the Wolfsburg-based company is reflecting on its virtues. Because there is a path here Workhorse the path to the e-car market, which is impressive:

Dimensions: 4.96 m long, 1.86 m wide (without exterior mirrors), 1.54 m high – identical to the ID.7 in sedan formatTwo battery options: new 86 kWh battery or probably the previously largest VW battery 77 kWhUp to 200 kW charging speed at suitable DC fast charging stations, battery preconditioningPreliminary WLTP range: up to 685 km depending on version and batteryLuggage volume: 605 l trunk volume (with five usable seats, backrest in cargo position), maximum storage space volume increases to 1,714 l. Plenty of space, even with five occupants – the ID.7 Tourer is VW’s new electric space miracle. (Image source: Volkswagen AG)

With the ID.7 Tourer, VW is delivering a real station wagon as an electric car. However, it is not considered a Passat successor – at least so far. Because the classic model will also be relaunched this year and will not be replaced by the ID.7 Tourer. According to VW’s announcement, both should instead exist side by side and at the same time cover all drive variants in the station wagon class.

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In addition to the data already mentioned, the ID.7 Tourer comes with, among other things, an AR head-up display and the one recently announced by VW AI integration via ChatGPT. VW is still leaving it open whether this will be available from launch. The highlights of the electric station wagon also include an optional, electrically dimmable panoramic glass roof.

This is also new „Wellness In-Car App“. Functions such as Ambilight, sound, seat settings, massage and ventilation can be controlled via this. In addition, three different modes can be selected via the app, which set the car to a preselected interior configuration while driving or for breaks.

Thanks to the AR head-up display, the cockpit in the ID.7 Tourer appears tidy instead of overloaded. (Image source: Volkswagen AG)

For VW, the ID.7 Tourer is a workhorse that wants to score points with plenty of space and range on long journeys. At the same time, upper-class features should find their way into the (upper) middle class.

Top or flop? It depends on the price

Whether VW is really returning to the old way with the electric station wagon Virtue creates and focuses more on benefits than on wow effects, will ultimately work out decide on price. The Wolfsburg team kept it for themselves. It is entirely possible that, like the ID.7 sedan, VW will offer a starting price of less than 60,000 euros in order to give customers full tax advantages.

The tourer should still be in Pre-sales will start in the first quarter of 2024. So it can’t be long before there’s clarity here too.

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