When it comes to electric vehicles, it seems that choices are limited if you need seven seats. Some of the few examples include the Tesla Model X, the Mercedes-Benz EQV, and the Nissan e-NV200. You can now add Volkswagen to that list with the ID.6.
Launched at Auto Shanghai 2021, the ID.6 serves as the third model in the ID family after the ID. 3and ID. 4. It combines sleek looks, high-tech features, three-row seating, and output ratings as much as 305 PS.
Billed by Volkswagen as a fully-electric family SUV, the ID.6 is now the largest ID model. That said, we reckon it's more of a crossover. Measuring 4876mm long, 1848mm wide, and 1,680mm tall, it has heaps of cabin space available. More importantly, its wheelbase measures 2,965mm that translates to generous interior and luggage space.
Much like the previous ID vehicles, the ID.6 gets a unique design. The front end features sleek LED headlights, a two-bar chrome grille, and stylish front/rear bumpers. Further giving the electric SUVs some pizzaz are the colored D-pillars, muscular wheel arches, the tailgate-mounted spoiler, alloy wheels in 19- to 21-inch sizes, and a black roof finish.
Those with keen eyes might have also noticed that the ID.6 is available in two distinct variants; Crozz and X. The Crozz version is made by Volkswagen-FAW, while the X model is produced by Volkswagen-SAIC. Mechanically they are the same, but with Volkswagen having two different partners in China, we're not surprised as to why there are two versions available.
Volkswagen says that it will be available with either six- or seven-seat layouts. That means the second row could come available with captain seats, which would make for a cozy lounge on wheels. Other options include a panoramic glass roof, a panoramic sunroof, a 12-inch touchscreen with voice control, and an augmented reality heads-up display.
In terms of power, the base model ID.6 will make do with a single electric motor that makes 177 PS. Next is a slightly more powerful version that produces 201 PS. If that's not enough, there's the dual-motor version which puts out 305 PS. The single motor versions are only available in rear-wheel-drive, while the dual-motor setup allows the ID.6 to roll on all-wheel-drive.
There will be two batteries available for the ID.6; 58 kWh and 77 kWh. Under China's New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the batteries provide a maximum cruising range of 436 km and 588 km, respectively. The battery pack is under the passenger cabin. That ensures that the battery doesn't take too much cabin space and provides a low center of gravity.
The ID.6 will be available in China, with other markets to follow soon. Should Volkswagen Philippines want to introduce the country to EVs, maybe the ID.6 can attract those that are curious since it comes with seven seats.