Volkswagen ID.7 testing complete; gets a new powerful motor


You probably remember seeing the Volkswagen ID.7 earlier this year at the CES Show wearing a so-called “digital camouflage”. Well, the latest update on this model is that the testing is “almost complete”, and the company is hoping to launch it in Europe by the end of 2023. The ID.7 is confirmed to grace the dealerships in North America and China as well.

Yes, the car is still wearing the aforementioned camouflage, but don’t worry, the global premiere is scheduled for April 17th. In the meantime, let’s go over some key information. The ID.7 is gonna be the first model to use the updated Modular Electric Drive (MEB) platform.

Part of those updates is the APP550 electric motor—which according to the company is “the most powerful and highest-torque electric drive motor in a Volkswagen ID. model so far”. The unit produces 210 kW (286 metric hp) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft), but the system is also designed for maximum efficiency. For example, the system operates without an electrically driven oil pump; the gear wheels of the gearbox itself (in combination with special components) are used to supply oil, thereby saving as much energy and weight as possible. The heated oil is cooled by the vehicle’s coolant circuit.

And the high output figures are thanks to a more powerful permanent magnet that has a higher load capacity, and an enhanced stator with a higher effective number of windings and a larger wire cross-section.

On the inside, we already learned last time that the dashboard is dominated by a laptop-sized 15-inch screen, and the driver’s view is clear of any humps. An Augmented Reality Head-Up Display is gonna be a standard affair. But the new information this time around is that the ID.7 gets ergoActive front seats, and depending on the variant, these seats offer up to 14 electrical adjustment options. Plus, they also offer massaging functionalities. In addition to the individual settings, the driver and front passenger can activate an automatic mode for seat climate; here, temperature and moisture sensors in the seats detect the cooling and/or heating requirement and adjust the climate accordingly. And, if I understood VW’s official statement correctly, these seats are an option.


The adaptive chassis control (adaptive dampers) is also gonna be an optional extra. But anyway, VW is targeting a WLTP range of up to 700 km (435 mi) for the ID.7. The battery pack can handle charging speeds of up to 200 kW.

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