Volkswagen is driving forward its electrification offensive in China at full speed, having now unveiled the third model in the ID. family, the ID.6, at the Auto Shanghai.
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Two versions of the fully electric family SUV are available: The ID.6 CROZZ01 is being manufactured in the north of China and the ID.6 X01 in the southern part of the country. The multi-variable all-round model has room for up to seven people. The ID.6 is a continuation of Volkswagen’s regionalisation strategy and is another important step towards becoming the most sought-after brand for sustainable mobility in China.
“With the new ID.6, we are laying the foundations for at least 50 percent of our cars sold in China being electric by 2030” said Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. “We are maintaining momentum and gradually increasing our range of MEB cars: By 2023, Volkswagen will have a total of eight ID. models in China, making MEB nationwide there. The economies of scale that we have achieved allow us to offer the latest technology at an affordable price - and thus further expand our electric offensive.”
Like the compact ID.302 and the ID.403, the third member of the fully electric family is also based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). The ID.6 makes full use of the strengths of MEB: enabling consistently high quality worldwide, with equally high standards while also leaving room to develop individual models specifically for certain markets or regions of the world. The ID.6 is also tailored specifically to the needs and wishes of Chinese customers in terms of space, functionality, design and, in particular, user experience.
The two batteries available have a storage capacity of 58 kWh and 77 kWh of net battery capacity, and allow a range of between 436 and 588 km (China NEDC). The battery is located under the passenger cabin, enabling a low centre of gravity. The e-machines of the 4MOTION version produce an output of 225 kW (305 PS) – enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds and for a top speed of 160 km/h.
Volkswagen recently expanded its traditional product portfolio. After the compact ID.3 and the SUV ID.4, the ID.6 is the third fully electric model. With the ID.6, Volkswagen will now be represented in the SUV sector, currently experiencing a global boom.
The ID.6 will be produced in the two plants Anting and Foshang in China, and will only be available on the Chinese market in these two variants. Volkswagen’s ACCELERATE strategy will involve the introduction of a new MEB car each year, aiming to achieve high volumes and cover all sectors. This emphasises the company’s target of at least 70 percent of cars sold in Europe being electric by 2030; and at least 50 percent in North America and China.