The new Volkswagen Aero B spied ahead of its launch in 2023

The upcoming Volkswagen Aero B has been spied once again, giving us our best look yet at the new Tesla Model 3 competitor.

It appears that the new all-electric saloon will retain a design language similar to Volkswagen’s current crop of the ID range. Up front, the nose is short and low for better aerodynamics and the grille and headlight design reminds of ID.4. The grille is still camouflaged and will likely be significantly smaller than that of this test car to improve the drag coefficient.

There is a strong crease running along the side of the Aero B, just like found on the new ID.5 SUV. The rear is still compelling but we can expect a styling similar to the rest of the all-electric Volkswagen range.

The model, codenamed “Aero B” internally, will compete with cars such as the Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2 and the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 6 when it comes to market in 2023.

Aero B was first shown as a concept, dubbed ID. Vizzion, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. We expect the ending car’s name to stick with the traditional identifier naming convention. In 2018, Volkswagen chiefs promised the finished vehicle would be capable of 600 kilometers (327 miles) on a single charge, but with an updated MEB platform imminent, the new Aero B could break that estimate.

At a presentation at Electric Vehicle Day at UBS Paris, VW revealed “improvements” to its MEB platform, which could debut in the Aero B.

The battery and motor system will be able to provide 435 miles on a single charge, while the system’s maximum recharge rate will be increased from 150 kW to 200 kW. Given the Aero B’s larger base, VW should be able to integrate its largest batteries without much hassle.

Performance should also be increased with the possibility of the hot-wheel drive GTX version offering a 0-62 mph time of around 5.5 seconds. The current ID.4 GTX SUV makes 295 horsepower and 310 Nm of torque, so the hot Aero B could do better than that.

Eventually, Volkswagen will release a proprietary version of the Aero B as well, as previewed by ID. Space Vizzion concept from the Los Angeles Auto Show 2019. The concept is also equipped with a twin-motor electric motor, which produces 335 horsepower. It remains to be seen whether or not this powertrain will make it into production.

Inside, we expect the Aero B to share the same 10-inch integrated digital dashboard and infotainment system as the rest of VW’s MEB models, with the possibility of a larger 12-inch screen on top models.

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