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America's Slick New Volkswagen EV Coming Earlier Than Expected?

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And it could be cheaper than we thought.

At the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled its overseas-only ID.3 all-electric hatchback. Tucked away in a glass case, however, was a lightly camouflaged near production-ready ID. Crozz crossover, which could be renamed ID.4. This will be the new EV North America will get and, according to a new video posted by Volkswagen, it will debut earlier than expected. Reports initially indicated the ID.4 crossover will officially be unveiled sometime this spring but it turns out it'll be earlier than that.

Jürgen Stackmann, member of the Volkswagen board of management for sales and marketing, confirmed that "we'll show you the car in February. Stay tuned." What's happening in February? The Chicago Auto Show. We reached out to Volkswagen North America senior manager for product and technology communications, Mark Gilles, for comment regarding Stackmann's statements. Alas, he "can't confirm anything at the moment."

The speculatively-named ID.4 shares the same MEB platform as the ID.3 and, in all likelihood, the same battery options as well.

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More than likely the, base model ID.4 will come with the 45 kWh battery pack and rear-wheel-drive. More powerful batteries and all-wheel drive will be available, but will quickly increase the vehicle's price tag.

Speaking of which, CarBuzz also spoke with Volkswagen North America CEO Scott Keogh during a roundtable interview at Frankfurt and the subject of ID.4 pricing briefly came up. While Keogh refused to disclose specific numbers, he did indicate the ID.4 will cost less than the Tesla Model Y. More specifically, about the price of a Tiguan. "Our goal is to make the comparison to a comparable internal combustion car, for example, versus a Tiguan," said Keogh. "When I can put these two apples to apples. I think that is positioning it for the masses."

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The entry-level 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan begins at $24,295, not including destination. Meanwhile, the Tesla Model Y is expected to be priced from $39,000, though Tesla has yet to announce an official figure. Keogh did not specifically mention whether or not his price hint includes federal EV tax credits, only that "I think I would've included the price of ownership and all that."

For the record, VW's current EV in the US, the e-Golf, starts at about $32,000, without taking into account destination or tax credits.

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