We suspected it all along.
With the cancellation of this year's Geneva Motor Show, some focus is now beginning to shift to next month's New York Show. And Volkswagen is wasting no time getting ready for its planned Big Apple reveal - its first-ever, from the ground-up all-electric vehicle for America. Until today, we didn't know what this crossover EV will officially be called but the German automaker has now made it official: ID.4. Yes, as we suspected.
The Volkswagen ID.4 started life as the ID.Crozz concept and judging by the included photos featuring the final production vehicle wearing a groovy-looking light camo job, the general design has remained in place. Like the ID.3 hatchback, revealed last September at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the ID.4 crossover rides on the same MEB platform, designed specifically for EVs. This flexible architecture will serve as the basis for future EVs from VW, such as the reincarnation of the iconic VW minibus.
Until that happens, VW will be focusing a large amount of attention on the ID.4's debut. But unlike the overseas-only ID.3, the ID.4 will be a global model, sold in North America, Europe, and China.
"Just like the ID.3, the ID.4 will also come onto the market as a carbon-neutral vehicle", explains Ralf Brandstatter, Chief Operating Officer of the Volkswagen brand. "We will produce and sell the ID.4 in Europe, China and the US."
Only a limited number of details are available at the moment, but they include a maximum range of 310 miles on a single charge. Rear-wheel-drive will initially be available at launch, but an all-wheel-drive option will arrive at a later date. Like the ID.3, the ID.4's high-voltage battery is located near the center of the underbody in order to have a lower center of gravity, thus leading to ideal driving dynamics.
Its compact electric drive technology also gives the ID.4, classified as a compact crossover, an edge over internal combustion-powered competitors: additional interior space. Exact dimensions will be revealed at launch.
It will also sport a fully digital cockpit. Pricing should be very much in line - or even undercut - the ID.4's most direct competitor, the Tesla Model Y, which carries a starting price tag of $39,000.