Volkswagen has confirmed its upcoming mid-sized electric sedan will be revealed in 2023.
During the 2022 Volkswagen AG annual media conference, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess teased a very blurry image of what he referred to as the Aero B, indicating the new model will be an electric alternative for the Passat.
It’s unclear if the production version of the electric sedan will be called the Aero B, or if the German automaker will name it the ID. Aero instead.
The teaser image of the Aero B only shows the front fascia and part of its side profile.
Like the whole Volkswagen ID. range, there’s a light bar that connects the headlights plus an illuminated VW badge, while there are some seriously large cutouts in the front bumper.
We have yet to see a full image of the body but the teased electric sedan appears to have a sleek silhouette with a low roofline.
The Aero B will likely be offered in single-motor rear-wheel rive and dual-motor all-wheel drive variants, and a sporty GTX model is a possibility.
The Volkswagen Aero B was first previewed in late 2020 by the ID. Vizzion concept, and in wagon form as the ID. Space Vizzion.
We’ve also previously reported on spied prototypes of the upcoming electric sedan during testing, with Volkswagen using camouflage stickers to disguise it as a Chinese-market Passat.
However, the Aero B’s identity was betrayed by its flush door handles and short front and rear overhangs.
The Aero B will be sold alongside the Passat, which will reportedly become wagon-only in its next generation, and will sit below Volkswagen’s upcoming all-electric flagship currently referred to as the Project Trinity.
Volkswagen recently announced it’s going to be building a new €2 billion (A$3.05 billion) production plant near the existing Wolfsburg plant that will produce the Trinity.
Construction is slated to commence in spring 2023 (March to June 2023), with Trinity production beginning in 2026.
The Trinity is set to be the first vehicle built of Volkswagen Group’s Scalable Systems Platform (SSP) and will offer an electric range of over 700km, a “shorter charging time” and Level 4 autonomous driving.
Over the lifetime of the SSP architecture, Volkswagen is expecting to produce “more than 40 million vehicles” on this electric platform, which will succeed today’s MEB and PPE all-electric architectures plus the internal-combustion MQB, MSB and MLB architectures.
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