Volkswagen's first electric SUV has finally arrived in America.
Volkswagen's new electric era began last year with the launch of the Europe-only ID.3 hatchback. But the first electric Volkswagen going on sale in America will be the ID.4 crossover. Previewed by the ID. Crozz Concept back in 2017, the production ID.4 has finally been revealed for the US market to take on the Tesla Model Y.
Based on VW's modular electric drive architecture, the ID.4's battery pack is positioned in the underbody to create a low center of gravity and optimize the driving dynamics. At launch, the ID.4 will be offered with an 82-kWh battery and a rear-mounted AC electric motor producing 201 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque. In the ID.4 1st Edition, this setup will provide a range of 250 miles based on the EPA cycle.
This falls short of the entry-level Tesla Model Y Long Range, which offers an EPA-rated 316 miles of range, 449 hp and all-wheel-drive. However, a more powerful all-wheel drive version of the ID.4 with 302 hp will launch later in 2021. To help reduce range anxiety, the ID.4 also comes with three years of fast charging with Electrify America at no extra charge.
Using a home or public Level 2 charger, the ID.4's battery can add 33 miles of range in roughly one hour and fully charge in around seven and a half hours. At a DC fast-charging station with 125 kW charging, VW estimates the battery can charge from five to 80 percent in around 38 minutes.
While the production model shares similarities with the concept, the sloping roof is less pronounced and the concept's sliding rear doors have been replaced with conventional ones. As a nod to VW's heritage, the VW logo is positioned in the center like the original Beetle since there's no grille.
Like the ID.3, the LED headlights are connected by a slim light bar, while a front bumper features large scoops and honeycomb accents. Flowing design lines and illuminated door handles give the ID.4 a futuristic look, while the rear sports a tailgate-mounted spoiler and full-width taillights. Thanks to its aerodynamic design, VW claims the ID.4 has a drag coefficient of 0.28.
In terms of dimensions, the ID.4 is 180.5 inches long, which is 4.6 inches shorter than the Volkswagen Tiguan, and has a 0.9-inch shorter wheelbase at 108.9 inches. At 64.4 inches high, it's also 1.9 inches lower than Tiguan and 0.5 inches wider at 72.9 inches.
Six exterior colors will be available: Glacier White Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Moonstone Grey, Scale Silver Metallic, Blue Dusk Metallic, and King's Red Metallic. As standard, every model comes with a body-color roof, black roof rails, and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
Equipping the Statement package adds a panoramic fixed-glass roof, premium LED projector headlights, and power-folding side mirrors with a puddle lamp signature. Upgrading to the Gradient package adds 20-inch wheels, black roof, and silver roof rails and accents.
Despite being smaller than the Tiguan, the ID.4 has a spacious interior with 99.9 cubic feet of passenger space. Front passengers can sit comfortably with 41.1 inches of legroom, while the rear compartment offers 37.6 inches of legroom. Behind the second row, the ID.4 offers 30.3 cubic feet of cargo space and 64.2 cubic feet with the seats folded.
A 5.3-inch digital driver display is operated with touch-sensitive controls on the leather-wrapped multifunction heated steering wheel, while the traditional gearshift is replaced by a large rocker switch on the right of the digital display. Entry-level models get black cloth seats, while models with the Statement package feature gray or black leather seats. Entry-level models are equipped with six-way adjustable seats with power recline.
Upgrading to the Statement Package adds 12-way power seats with massage lumbar and memory, and 30-color ambient lighting.
A centrally-positioned 10-inch infotainment screen displays the navigation system, telematics, entertainment, driver-assists, and settings, and can be upgraded to a larger 12-inch display with the Statement package. A natural voice control system comes as standard to control different functions. For example, saying "Hello ID., I'm cold" will turn up the heat.
A light strip below the windshield called "ID. Light" boasts intuitive lighting effects in different colors and sound prompts to show when the drive system is active and when the car is unlocked or locked.
Standard comfort features include rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, keyless access, a heated steering wheel, and heated side mirrors. All-wheel-drive models also get a standard heated windshield.
As for safety tech, standard driver assists include forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, blind-spot monitor, rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping system, travel assist, and emergency assist.
Pricing for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro launching in Q1 2021 starts at $39,995 before a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is applied, while the ID.4 AWD Pro will start at $43,695 when it goes on sale later in 2021.
Later this year, VW will launch the limited-run ID.4 1st Edition, which starts at $43,995 and includes the Statement and Gradient packages as standard, along with accelerator and brake pedals with "play" and "pause" logos, a steering wheel and column, radio bezel, and door island finished in Electric White, 1st Edition badging, black mirror caps, and a tow hitch.
If you prefer to lease, qualified Volkswagen Credit customers can sign up for a 36-month lease with 10,000 miles a year. This will cost $379 per month and requires $3,579 at signing, excluding tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees.