The VW ID7 Death Star Edition is a car Volkswagen really didn’t want to make. They were forced into a corner after Dieselgate emerged and enraged the public back in 2015. Volkswagen went back to the drawing board and devised the ID brand of electric cars. The ID7 is the latest EV to rise from the embers of diesel particulates Volkswagen did so well to hide from emissions regulators. VW’s ID range of EVs is not the most exciting to look at, one could say lacking in design enthusiasm but it’s all for aero efficiency says VW.
The new ID7 is VW’s first global electric model for the upper mid-size class. The initial launch is planned for this year in Europe and China, and from 2024 in North America. At almost five metres long the ID7 will be offered with two battery options, 77kWh and 86kWh offering respective ranges of 382 miles and 435 miles.
Bear in mind the range figures given are extracted from lab-based testing, expect real-world range to decrease by 75 miles. Nevertheless, the VW ID7 does support 200 kW superfast charging. And the ID7 will be reasonably fast, a completely new powertrain/electric motor generates 282bhp / 210 kW and around 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque.
The interior is minimalist by nature and features a 15-inch infotainment system with an augmented reality head-up display. Other options include a panoramic sunroof with smart glass that can be switched between opaque and transparent settings by touch control. And of course, no optional extra is complete without a 700-watt sound system from Harman Kardon.
The new Volkswagen ID7 Death Star Edition will also include a suite of driver assists such as steering assist and lane warning etc. Indeed, the new ID7 Death Star Edition is one of ten new electric models that will be launched by Volkswagen by 2026. An electric compact SUV and the production version of the ID2 are planned for 2026 at a price of less than 25,000 euros.
The Volkswagen ID.7 Death Star Edition is expected to showroom ready for UK punters to buy this summer, prices will start from around £52,000.