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Is this Volkswagen's Tesla Model S fighter? VW ID. Aero sedan concept signals electric car future as VW's flagship model

The ID. Aero was previewed by a concept from 2018 dubbed the ID. Vizzion.

Volkswagen has revealed the future of its passenger car range with an all-electric Tesla-fighting model.

The ID. Aero sedan, uncovered this week, adds to the German carmaker’s growing stable of electric ID models that already includes the ID.3 hatch, ID.4, ID.5 and ID.6 SUVs and ID. Buzz van.

But could this sleek EV soon replace the Passat as Volkswagen’s sole sedan offering in Australia?

While Volkswagen Group Australia is committed to launching a number of ID models Down Under, the ID. Aero’s local future is unclear.

“Australia will this decade become a key market for the ID. family. VGA expects 20 per cent of sales to be EV by 2024. Our current priority is to bring the start of production forward on ID.4 and ID.5 so they reach Australia next year. Along with the ID. Buzz we are excited about an expanded ID. family globally,” a Volkswagen Group Australia product PR and communications manager Dan DeGasperi said.

The ID. Aero was previewed back in 2018 with the ID. Vizzion concept, but the Aero is much closer to a production reality.

Based on VW’s MEB electric car platform, the Aero measures close to five metres long - similar to the Tesla Model S’ 4980mm length - allowing for a spacious cabin, according to the carmaker.

It has a slipper drag coefficient of 0.23 and has a clear relationship to other ID models, with LED Matrix headlights, the honeycomb style lower air intake, and huge 22-inch wheels.

Powering the ID. Aero is an electric powertrain consisting of electric motors and a 77kWh lithium-ion battery, which VW says ensures a driving range of up to 620km on the WLTP cycle.

VW says it will be positioned as the brand’s premium sedan offering, a spot that was previously occupied by the Phaeton. The Passat is VW’s internal combustion engine medium sedan and wagon offering, but the ID. Aero will sit above it.

There was a question mark over the future of the Passat, but it has been confirmed that a next-generation model will be built. It is expected to drop the sedan body style and be offered in wagon and possibly liftback guise.

VW has not released any more details on the ID. Aero yet, but expect further information when the production version is revealed.

The ID. Aero will be built for China in China and go on sale there next year, while a European version will follow later in 2023.