Bound Volkswagen ID 4 electric SUV revealed

Andrew Cummings
September 25, 2020

At that point, Volkswagen says, it plans to offer a version of the ID.4 that will cost "around $35,000", owing to the lack of import duties and transatlantic shipping costs, plus a smaller battery, according to Mark Gillies, Volkswagen of America's product and technology manager. While VW pushed back the launch of the ID.3 until earlier this month due to a software glitch, the company promises a trouble-free rollout of the ID.4 starting with late 2020. We won't be seeing it here for a while though.

The ID.4 Pro will be available in the first quarter of 2021. We do know that it gets a WLTP driving range of up to 310 miles, which will certainly translate to a lower figure here in the USA using the EPA's testing cycle.

The ID.4 is one of 75 all-electric models Volkswagen says it will release worldwide by 2029. A smaller, cheaper version will follow. The electric drive motor is positioned at the rear axle and it generates 150 kW (204 PS) of power, which is enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 160 km/h. Now it's a full production vehicle and motors into the popular compact SUV segment, up against the likes of the Kia e-Niro or the Hyundai Kona Electric.

The electric ID.4 has a maximum charge rate of 125kW, also like the ID.3, that can be achieved at DC fast chargers when out and about adding 300-320km range in around 30 minutes. Later, in 2021, VW will begin offering a more powerful 302 horsepower, dual-motor AWD variant (though there's no word yet on what it's estimated range will be).

Pricing and specification will be announced in the coming weeks. Its rear-wheel drive, along with 21cm of ground clearance, also gives it the ability to go off-road in what VW classes as "gentle" terrain.

However, in the United States, where pre-orders for the ID.4 opened today, range is said to be 250 miles - or just over 400 kilometres - with the price starting at US$40,000.

"As the first global electric vehicle, this model will roll out our modular electric drive matrix platform that has been developed specifically for electric mobility the world over", he said.

The exterior of the vehicle features numerous same design traits as the smaller ID.3 such as the wide grille and sharp LED headlights, while 21-inch alloy wheels give it a fair degree of on-road presence too.

The vehicle has a 250-mile range on a single charge. The wheelbase measures 2700mm (23mm longer than the Tiguan) and packaging of the electric drive components allows a spacious five-seat cabin and the luggage compartment offers between 543 and 1575 litres of load capacity. Instead, infotainment and functions such as heating are accessed via two displays, one of which is up to 12 inches and with touchscreen functionality as well as "Hello ID" natural voice control.

In terms of styling, the ID.4's exterior design exudes aerodynamic significance.

The ID.4 will have some of the most sophisticated lighting systems installed by the company, including matrix LED headlights and swanky "3D" taillights debuting on a VW model.

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