The upcoming ID.4 needs to be a success.
Volkswagen's last electric model, the e-Golf, wasn't a big hit in the United States. It was not designed to be. But the German automaker has much higher aspirations with its upcoming electric crossover, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4. The ID.4 is the first of VW's ID-branded vehicles to arrive in the US after VW opted not to offer the ID.3 hatchback stateside. We know the ID.4 will be revealed soon, and to build up some excitement for the vehicle, VW just issued a fresh set of teaser images.
We already have a great idea of what the ID.4 will look like from leaked images, but these retro-themed teaser pictures are still pretty neat to look at. Based on the teaser, the ID.4 looks a lot closer to the ID.3 hatchback than we initially anticipated.
VW did not reveal any new information about the ID.4, including an official launch date. However, the press release containing the teaser images states, "In a matter of weeks, Volkswagen will reveal the production version of the ID.4 electric SUV, part of a worldwide strategy to deliver millions of electric vehicles to help combat global climate change."
In a separate release, VW confirmed that expansion is underway at the company's US factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the US-spec ID.4 will be produced. Early examples of the ID.4 will come from Germany until the new assembly center reaches completion in 2021.
The ID.4 should likely have the same performance specifications as the ID.3, which uses a rear-mounted electric motor producing 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft. Base models should send power to rear-wheel-drive while a dual-motor AWD version will offer 302 hp and 332 lb-ft. After the ID.4, VW is expected to launch more electric vehicles including a wagon and the highly-anticipated ID.Buzz van.
Pricing information is still unknown, but expect the ID.4 to qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit.