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Further back, the ID Aero features a high waistline, with a deep etched swage running from the headlights all the way back to the tail-lights providing it with a distinctive shoulder line. It also adopts flush door handles and a wheelbase dimensioned to accept wheels up to 22in in diameter. The rear receives a high-set boot, a full-width wraparound light bar and an illuminated Volkswagen badge.

With a drag co-efficient of 0.23, the ID Aero promises to be the most aerodynamically efficient of Volkswagen’s new wave of electric models.

Dimensionally, it is longer than the existing 4767mm-long Passat. The wheelbase, meanwhile, is said to stretch to close to 3000mm.

The concept features a 77kWh battery, which Volkswagen says will provide the production version of the ID Aero with a range of up to 385 miles on the WLTP test cycle. Other battery options are planned to be offered, including a smaller 52kWh unit.

Volkswagen has yet to confirm the power options, but as with other ID models, including the closely related ID 4 and ID 5, the production version is expected to offer the choice of either single-motor/rear-wheel-drive or dual-motor/four-wheel-drive configurations.

Outputs are set to extend from 181bhp to 296bhp. 

To make way for production of the ID Aero in Emden, Volkswagen plans to relocate production of the next-generation Passat to a Skoda-run factory in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, where it will be produced alongside the next Skoda Superb.

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