VW has big goals for the ID.4.
Volkswagen has begun to unleash its all-electric vehicle lineup, starting with the Volkswagen ID.3 last September at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. That VW Golf-sized hatchback, however, is not slated for the US. Instead, we're set to receive a crossover version, likely to be called the Volkswagen ID.4. The German automaker previously only said the ID.4 will debut later this year, most likely in the spring. Today, however, we have the answer.
CarBuzz has learned from a Volkswagen USA spokesperson that the ID.4 will be unveiled at the 2020 New York Auto Show in April. This is a very big deal for VW because the ID.4 is its first US market EV developed from the ground-up as an EV. Previously there was the VW e-Golf, a pure battery-powered version of the outgoing generation Golf hatchback.
The ID.4, like the ID.3, rides on the all-new MEB platform. A large number of battery-powered vehicles set to launch in the coming years will also utilize MEB, which is highly flexible. The also upcoming Audi Q4 e-tron crossover is also MEB-based. The ID.4 will feature styling influenced by the I.D. Crozz concept, first shown in 2017. We actually caught a good look at the vehicle at Frankfurt where a thinly disguised prototype was on display.
VW brought this prototype to China recently where it will also be sold. The ID.4 features similar-looking headlights to the ID.3's, as well as a full-width light bar connecting them. VW's recently redesigned corporate logo takes center stage.
Like the ID.3, power will come from two electric motors. Expect a minimum all-electric driving range of about 205 miles with the base 45kWh battery. Two larger capacity variants with 58-kWh and 77-kWh batteries with 261 and 340 miles, respectively, are likely. Charging time should not be an issue because the ID.4 will be able to achieve an 80 percent charge in only 30 minutes.
Production is due to begin later this year, meaning the VW ID.4 will be sold as a 2021 model.