Volkswagen ID.6 electric SUV leaked online

Leaked images show Volkswagen's upcoming China-only electric SUV in full ahead of its official reveal

VW ID.6

This is the new Volkswagen ID.6 SUV, which has been leaked online ahead of its official release. The car is the brand's largest electric SUV and is headed to the Chinese market later this year as a Tesla Model X rival, with no plans to bring it to the UK. Previously, a set of spy shots of the ID.6 was the closest we got to seeing the car in action. 

The leaked information also revealed that the ID.6 will use the largest battery available on the VW Group's MEB platform, an 82kWh pack that should offer a driving range of around 280 miles.

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.

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.

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