Volkswagen of America, Inc. today showcased all three models comprising its upcoming North American lineup of electric vehicles at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show. Open to the public Nov. 17-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the show marks the first time the ID. Buzz, ID.7 and ID.4 have appeared together at an auto show.
“It’s amazing to see our family of electric vehicles together for the first time here at the Los Angeles Auto Show,” said Pablo Di Si, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “Our ID.4 has proven to be the right EV at the right time for the U.S., and will be even better for 2024. The ID. Buzz, our new three-row microbus, and the ID.7, our first all-electric premium sedan, each offer a distinct design aesthetic—something special that consumers have come to expect from Volkswagen.”
Unveiled in Huntington Beach, California, earlier this year, Volkswagen’s all-electric ID. Buzz pays homage to the brand’s iconic Microbus with a retro design equipped with advanced EV technology and driver-assistance features. With a 91-kWh skateboard-style battery mounted under the floor, the ID. Buzz offers 282 horsepower on the rear-wheel-drive model and approximately 330 horsepower for the all-wheel-drive model. The exterior retains the classic boxy shape with retro cues and bold colors, while the interior is spacious and tailored, offered in three color and trim choices uniquely curated for North America. The vehicle features an available electrochromic panoramic sunroof, multicolor ambient lighting, and comfortable seating for all three rows with a multitude of adjustments and heating and ventilation options. Modern technology includes a fully-connected infotainment experience with wireless device connectivity and multiple charging ports. The ID. Buzz will be available Fall 2024.
Also slated for the second half of 2024, the ID.7 is the first all-electric Volkswagen in the upper midsize sedan class. Excellent aerodynamics and a new, highly effective drivetrain ensure long ranges. The ID.7 Pro with an 82 kWh battery has a manufacturer’s estimated potential range of up to 386 miles/621 kilometers (based on the European WLTP cycle; EPA-estimated range is not yet available). With 282 horsepower and 402 lb-ft of torque, the ID.7 offers the most powerful and highest-torque electric motor in a Volkswagen EV model so far. Exceptional travel comfort is emphasized, with a spacious interior and premium technology. Available features include the DCC® adaptive damping system, Climatronic® seats with cooling and heating as well as massage function, Park Assist Plus with Memory, and an electrochromic panoramic sunroof. The glass roof and many other functions of the ID.7 can also be operated by means of natural voice commands using the new IDA voice assistant. The range of options is rounded out with a 700-watt harman/kardon sound system boasting 14 high-end loudspeakers for an impressive audio experience.
First introduced in 2021, Volkswagen’s ID.4 SUV has become the fifth-best-selling EV in North America. Continuing to be assembled in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the 82 kWh-model ID.4 is getting a major upgrade for the 2024 model, which will go on sale early next year. Changes include a more powerful performance drive unit delivering greater horsepower and range than previous model years—282 horsepower in rear-wheel-drive models and about 330 horsepower for AWD models—a new 12.9-inch infotainment display with backlit sliders, and a new, more intuitive climate user interface and new shifter. In addition, Pro S models are equipped with ventilated front seats, while Pro S Plus models are fitted with a new harman/kardon premium audio system and 21-inch wheels. The 2023 ID.4 models are eligible for the full potential federal tax credit of up to $7,500. Based on fueleconomy.gov, Volkswagen is currently the only foreign automaker that has a battery electric vehicle eligible for the full federal tax credit, given local assembly and sourcing.
Further details, specifications and pricing for the ID. Buzz and ID.7 will be announced ahead of their respective launches in 2024.