Volkswagen ID.6 electric SUV spotted testing

Latest spy shots show Volkswagen's upcoming large electric SUV testing under light camouflage

Volkswagen ID.6

These spy shots give us our first look at the forthcoming Volkswagen ID.6 – an all-electric SUV destined for the Chinese market. The car is still unconfirmed for Europe, but our images show an almost completely undisguised example testing in the Alps, making an appearance in western markets more probable. 

The ID.6 takes its inspiration from the ID. Roomzz concept (detailed below) that first made an appearance at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show. It is clear from these spy shots that the production car will look much like the concept that gave us our first preview of the upcoming model. 

The design similarities between the concept and the new ID.6 are clear; the car spied doesn't feature the ID. Roomzz's intricate lighting details or rear-view cameras, but the overall design is close. The car shares some details with its electric Volkswagen siblings, the ID.3 and ID.4.

The finished ID.6 – much like the ID. Roomzz concept and other ID production cars – will be built on Volkwagen's MEB platform and use a range of motor and battery combinations depending on specification. The concept car was powered by an 82kWh battery and a pair of electric motors; we've no reason to doubt this set-up will make production, along with a less powerful rear-drive version. 

Inside, expect the ID.6 to feature the same digital dials and infotainment system as the ID.3, along with a similar focus on sustainable trim materials and modern ambient lighting.

Volkswagen ID Roomzz concept

The ID. Roomzz concept – the sixth of Volkswagen's fully electric ID. concepts – showcased ‘Level 4’ autonomous driving capability when it arrived in 2019.  In ‘ID. Drive’ mode, the Roomzz behaves as a conventional car, but in ‘ID. Pilot Relax’ mode it takes over full responsibility for driving. The steering wheel retracts into the dashboard to create more space, and the seats can be repositioned to face each other in a lounge-inspired layout.

Based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform – which underpins everything from the forthcoming ID. hatchback to the small, affordable SEAT el-Born – the ID. Roomzz features electric motors at the front and rear, delivering four-wheel drive. The system produces 302bhp, translating to a 0-62mph time of 6.6 seconds. The ID. Roomzz concept is powered by an 82kWh battery, which is said to return 280 miles of range under the latest WLTP efficiency tests. It’s also compatible with 150kW rapid charging, resulting in a 0-80% charge in just half an hour. A wireless inductive charging system is also included, according to the German manufacturer.

“The I.D. Roomzz shows us what we can expect from full-size electric SUVs in the future,” said Volkswagen's chief designer Klaus Bischoff. “The puristic look emphasises the clear function and the user experience is intuitive and natural."

The ID. Roomzz looks like a blend of Volkswagen's conventionally powered T-Cross and T-Roc SUVs with its electric SUV concepts, such as the ID. Crozz. It’s 4,915mm long, some 114mm longer than the VW Touareg SUV. The concept receives a clean look with no front grille, while full LED lights run the width of the front and rear. Sliding doors are located on both sides of the vehicle.

Inside, the four-seat layout will be replaced with a seven-seat setup when the production model arrives in 2021. The dashboard is largely free of buttons, with a touch sensitive steering wheel incorporating a 5.8-inch screen. Touching the Volkswagen logo for five seconds engages the autonomous driving mode. OLED screens replace the conventional wing mirrors, while an augmented reality system – similar to that previewed in the ID. Vizzion concept – can superimpose sat-nav instructions onto the windscreen in real time.

As an electric SUV, the ID.6 production car previewed by the ID. Roomzz will be a direct rival for the Tesla Model X and could also provide a better-value and more practical alternative to the Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC. On the Chinese market, it'll be a rival to the NIO ES8.