VW reveals China-only ID.6 EV

Published: 19 April 2021

► Seats seven
► For the Chinese market only
► The largest MEB car yet

Volkswagen has revealed the ID.6, a new electric SUV that’s aimed purely at the Chinese market – so much so that it won’t be on sale anywhere else. As you can probably tell from the name, the ID.6 will slot above the hatchback-sized ID.3 and the crossover ID.4. Wolfsburg has stretched the MEB by 30cm compared to the ID.4 to allow space for seven, making it the largest vehicle on the electric platform.  

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‘With the new ID.6, we are laying the foundations for at least 50% of our cars sold in China being electric by 2030,’ said Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. ‘By 2023, Volkswagen will have a total of eight ID models in China, making MEB nationwide there.

‘The economies of scale that we have achieved allow us to offer the latest technology at an affordable price – and thus further expand our electric offensive.’

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It’ll come in two forms; an ID.6 X and an ID Cross, with the latter being more coupe-like and the former being a little more cross-country. Still, it’ll be a styling exercise more than anything else, as both models will be offered with a 58kWh or 77kWh battery, translating to a 271- or a 365-mile range. VW says a 301bhp 4Motion version can also hit 0-62mph in just 6.6 seconds, before going on to a top speed of 99mph.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's digital editor, F1 and sim-racing enthusiast. Partial to clever tech and sports bikes.