VW To Introduce Cut-Price ID.4 For 2023

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Pricing and additional details will be provided soon.

Volkswagen of America recently announced a series of updates for its 2023 lineup. Among the changes are revised equipment levels for the handsome Arteon, the availability of a limited edition Golf R 20th anniversary edition, and new wheel options for the Tiguan, among other things.

The ID.4 is also expected to receive several improvements for the new model year, but the company is yet to divulge any details about this. However, the Wolfsburg-based brand did mention that a more affordable variant will be introduced for MY2023. We expect pricing to be revealed at the same time as the specification revisions, but VW has said the entry-level model will utilize a 62 kWh battery setup.

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Currently, pricing for the ID.4 kicks off at $41,230 (excludes incentives and destination fee) for the Pro trim level. This derivative utilizes an 82 kWh battery. Equipped with a rear-mounted electric motor, outputs are rated at 201 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque. With this setup, the VW will be able to travel up to 275 miles between charges. However, an all-wheel-drive variant with 295 horsepower is also available with up to 251 miles of driving range.

We don't expect the upcoming 62 kWh battery model to match these figures (performance or range) but, hopefully, the price will make up for it. Interestingly, this is still bigger than the item fitted to the base ID.4 models offered in Europe. A quick look at the Volkswagen UK website confirms the electric crossover is available with a 52 kWh battery which provides around 146 hp and a (WLTP) estimated range of 213 miles.

Like the rest of the ID.4 lineup, the entry-level derivative will now be built at VW's Chattanooga facility. It's unclear as to whether this will bring the price of the entire range down, but we will find out shortly. With regards to the new point of entry, we're guessing VW will price the 62 kWh battery version around the $35,000 mark.

With the $7,500 EV incentive, that would theoretically mean buyers could purchase a brand-new ID.4 for $28,000 or so. This would make it significantly cheaper than rivals such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Hyundai Ioniq 5. We would be surprised if VW bestows styling changes upon the range as it's still relatively fresh, but we're hoping to see more generous standard equipment and maybe a revised interior.

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