VW Arteon to die in 2024, replaced by ID.Aero EV
As the sedan market continues to evolve, the mass-market automakers that remain in the segment are carving out one sedan to rule them all. For Volkswagen, it looks like the final four-door will be the battery-electric ID.Aero. Reports, shown in concept form over the summer, have launched the alluring four-door into the Chinese market next year, followed by Europe and the US sometime around the second half of 2023. Corresponding Automotive Newsthe arrival of the ID.Aero here will ring the bell of the last lap for the Volkswagen Arteon sedan, which the publication says will die here in 2024.
The snazzy Arteon, a replacement for the almost equally snazzy CC, made a lot of smoke here but never lit a fire. It debuted in the US in 2019 and achieved its best sales last year with 5,337 units moved. Through the first six months of this year, however, VW dealers have sold 170 units. That’s not a typo. The automaker is likely prioritizing its better-selling models like the Atlas, the crossover that’s selling on average nearly as many units in a day as the Arteon does in six months. However, even the staunch fan-favorite Jetta is roving a smaller orbit and is on track to post fewer than last year’s sales of just 55,113 units based on the first six months of this year, or about half of 2019’s 90,829 units.
In concept form, the Passat sedan replacing the Arteon featured 77 kWh battery and it’s estimated to achieve a range of 620 kilometers on the European WLTP cycle, or 385 miles in the US, before a percentage is deducted for our more stringent one EPA testing. The curved sheet metal of the Aero hides the modular MEB platform, which underpins the ID.3, ID.4 and ID.Buzz alongside other electric cars in the Volkswagen cosmos. There’s no word on the powertrain yet, but we’d expect front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions. We’re told the cabin is roomy, which you’d rightly expect: the Aero is nearly 196 inches long and built on a relatively long wheelbase. It’s also possible that the ID.Aero will change its name for production to a number like ID.7; The current nickname refers to the drag coefficient of 0.23. And there’s a chance it’ll get a wagon sibling, a production version of the ID.Space Vizzion.