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Volkswagen ID.7 Thinks Rectangular Touchscreens Are For Squares

Volkswagen is taking on the Tesla Model 3 with its new ID.7, a production version of the ID. Aero concept, and the first sedan in the ID. family.

But it’s not just the body shape that’s different about the ID.7. The infotainment screen also looks very different from what we’ve seen on other mainstream VW and ID.-branded cars before.

While most automakers have moved towards portrait media screens, Tesla, which popularized the portrait format on cars like the Model S and Model X, has moved towards a landscape-oriented display that will become increasingly useful in coming years when cars’ autonomous capabilities allow us to (legally) watch the latest movies on the move.

But unless we’re being hoodwinked by the angle of these spy shots, Volkswagen appears to favor a square screen format that looks like it was configured for people who like to stream 1980s TV shows in their original 4:3 ratio. Joking aside, that extra digital real estate should prove useful. The screens currently used in cars like the ID.4 and MK8 Golf are simply too small to cope with all the information they’re able to display.

Related: 2023 Volkswagen ID. Aero Luxury Electric Sedan Concept Is VW’s Tesla Model 3, Has 385-Mile Range

Although the rest of this prototype’s interior is covered in disguise we can see enough of the dashboard underneath to see that it’s going to look just like the ID. Aero concept’s cabin. Instead of the small rectangular digital pack fitted just behind the steering wheel on cars like the ID.4, the 7’s instrument display is integrated into the curving dashboard, a bit like what Honda did with the early 1990s Prelude coupe. It’s no coincidence that the final minimalist look will bear more than a passing resemblance to a Tesla Model 3’s cabin.

Unfortunately, the ageing Model 3 still has the ID.7 licked for visual appeal, at least judging by these images of the still-secret VW on its puny stock wheels. The curvy front and rear fenders are crying out for some big rims to fill those arches, and though your VW dealer will be happy to oblige, they’ll inevitably hurt your electric range. In its defense, this test car’s front and rear are covered in disguise designed to obscure headlights and a narrow grille panel that will look much cooler when the final car is released, again closely echoing the style of the ID. Aero concept.

Like every other ID car, the ID.7, or Aero B as it’s been referred to during development, rides on VW’s MEB electric car platform. Base cars will employ a single-motor, rear-wheel drive layout, that could start at 146 hp (148 PS / 109 kW) or 172 hp (174 PS / 128 kW) based on the motor lineup in the ID.4 and ID.5, and depending on what size battery VW offers. More expensive cars will get duel motors and all-wheel drive, with a sporty 295 hp (299 PS / 220 kW) GTX – VW’s electric brand equivalent to GTI – potentially topping the range.

Sales are scheduled to begin in 2023, but it’s possible that Volkswagen might reveal the ID.7 before the end of this year. Would you buy one over a Tesla Model 3?




















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