Volkswagen will unveil the full-size electric SUV at the Shanghai Motor Show. The ID Lounge will be Volkswagen’s contender against cars like the Tesla Model X and NIO ES8.

VW will reveal the seven-seat SUV which holds the internal working title ID Lounge in April 2019 at the Shanghai Motor Show. It is being developed as a luxurious range-topping model with exterior and interior dimensions similar to the German carmaker’s new third-generation Touareg SUV.

The ID Lounge is based on the largest version of VW’s new MEB platform with a wheelbase of 3,300mm. Volkswagen will start selling the production version in 2021 as a rival to EVs like Tesla Model X and NIO ES8.

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The Tesla Model X is the prime rival of the upcoming Volkswagen seven-seat electric SUV.

The ID Buzz MPV will lend its drivetrain to the four-wheel-drive electric SUV. The Buzz uses two electric motors, one powering the front wheels while the other powers the rear ones. The two motors deliver a combined output of 369hp. As hinted by the ID Buzz concept, the most luxurious of Volkswagen’s ID range will receive a 111kWh lithium-ion battery good for a range of up to 600km.

The German automaker will launch two more electric SUVs in addition to the Lounge by 2022. The two models will be distinct versions of the high-riding ID Crozz crossover. The first of these to go on sale in 2021 is described as the more practical version, while the other will feature a rakish, coupe-like profile harking back to the ID Crozz concept.

Volkswagen has denied rumours suggesting the first ID model will be named the Neo. “The Neo name was an internal working title, but it is not the name the first ID model will be marketed under,” said a source with knowledge of Volkswagen’s new model plans.