Volkswagen is preparing to unveil the third model of its ID range reserved for all that is electric. A larger ID.6 SUV, previewed by the Roomzz concept unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2019, joins the ID.3 sedan and ID.4 SUV. Its production sibling will premiere at the same show in China, where the three-row electric vehicle will be offered exclusively, at least initially.
While VW hasn’t completely ruled out bringing the ID.6 to the United States, it will remain a Chinese-only affair for the time being. Much like the smaller ID.4, it will be available in the People’s Republic in two separate versions – each built by the company’s local joint ventures with FAW and SAIC. The ID.6 X and ID.6 Crozz will be unveiled today with slightly different designs (both avoiding the concept’s sliding doors) and virtually identical mechanics.
VW has been quiet about the technical specifications of its new electric SUV, but the hefty numbers have emerged courtesy of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The ID.6 was licensed earlier this year by MIIT, which posted fully revealing images and a generous spec sheet on its publicly available website.
To accommodate the third row, the wheelbase has been lengthened from 200 millimeters (nearly 7.9 inches) to 2965 mm (116.7 inches) compared to the ID.4. With an overall length of 4876 mm (192 in), the ID.6 is almost 300 mm (11.8 in) longer than its five-seater SUV sibling. The increased bulk also means it’s heavier, which we would expect to negatively impact efficiency and performance.
Speaking of performance, the ID.6 version released on the MIIT site had the same rear-wheel drive layout as the ID.4 (and ID.3) with a single electric motor developing 201 hp. However, we also expect the twin-engine, all-wheel drive configuration of the upcoming ID.4 GTX to be offered, meaning power will hit the 300-horsepower mark.
While the ID.6 may or may not come to the United States someday, another electric motor from VW has already been confirmed to strike in the United States. We’re talking about the hugely popular ID Buzz as a modern Microbus with an EV twist, slated for a Euro release next year, followed by a North American launch in 2023.