Volkswagen's ID.7 Tourer Electric Estate redefines electric wagons
Volkswagen has just unveiled the initial images of its inaugural all-electric estate model, known as the Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer, which promises plenty of interior space, a remarkable driving range, and exceptional efficiency, marking a transformative shift in the world of electric wagons.
Derived from the Volkswagen ID.7 sedan model, the Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer still remains concealed under camouflage. While the Volkswagen ID.7 sedan has already entered series production at the German automaker’s Emden production facility, alongside the ID.4, the Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer will be manufactured concurrently starting next year.
The official unveiling of the battery-powered ID.7 Tourer is slated for the upcoming months, with its release in Europe planned for next year. It is a globally targeted model, slated for launch in North American and Chinese markets. However, the availability of the electric wagon in other markets remains uncertain, at least at this point of time.
According to the manufacturer, the Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer seamlessly combines a plenty of interior space with high energy efficiency. The main emphasis on efficiency was directed towards optimizing aerodynamics, with setting Cd drag coefficient at 0.24, which is only slightly higher than the CD drag coefficients of the ID.7 sedan at 0.23. The automaker anticipates that this will allow the ID.7 Tourer to achieve an impressive driving range, though the precise range figure hasn't been revealed yet.
Based on the MEB platform, the Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer is expected to share powertrain configuration with the standard ID.7 to manage production costs. In the case of the ID.7 Pro S trim, the 91-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack (with 86 kWh of usable capacity) yielded a range (on WLTP cycle) of 435 miles (approximately 700 km).
The notable features of the Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer include its short front & rear overhangs and an extended wheelbase that results in a generous interior space. The automaker states that the ID.7 Tourer can comfortably accommodate up to five passengers and carry up to 545 liters of cargo in the trunk. It can be further expanded by folding down the rear seats. with the rear seats folded down, the cargo area, which is roughly two meters in length, expand to a maximum capacity of 1,714 liters. These two characteristics, viz. the abundance of interior space and an impressively extended driving range on a single electric charge, will unquestionably be pivotal considerations for those who might be in search of an efficient electric wagon.