The VW ID. AERO Previews a Sleek New EV Sedan

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Photo credit: VW

Volkswagen revealed the ID. AERO concept on Monday. It's a sleek, mid-size concept sedan that the company says previews an upcoming production car.

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Photo credit: VW

The new sedan—which will effectively replace the discontinued Passat—will be the brand's next global EV, following the ID.4 crossover as one of the Volkswagen brand's new key nameplates. The car will launch first in China next year, with European production starting shortly thereafter. The U.S. market will get European-built versions of the sedan.

It's unclear whether the name will remain for production. Still, you can expect the production version to be slippery. VW is championing a 0.23 coefficient of drag for the concept, a number the company is unlikely to boast about if it can't deliver it in production guise. VW says that enables a range of 385 miles on the WTLP range cycle, a much more lenient cycle that typically delivers significantly higher range ratings than the EPA cycle or real-world use. Still, 385 is a serious number, likely to translate to somewhere around 300 miles in the EPA cycle from the car's 77 kWh battery.

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Photo credit: VW

VW isn't sharing more details right now, so we'll have to wait until the production version is unveiled to learn about its price, technology, and final name.

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