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Will VW's New Electric Car Be Good Enough To Fight Tesla Model Y?

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We've seen many Volkswagen ID. concepts over the years previewing the automaker's upcoming electric family, from the original ID. Hatch, to the ID. Buzz and ID. Crozz. VW will finally present the first production ID. model at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show next month with the debut of the ID.3 hatchback, but it's unlikely to be sold in America when it enters production next year. Instead, the production version of the ID. Crozz crossover is expected to be the first electric ID. model that will go on sale in the US since hatchbacks don't tend to be as popular Stateside.

Following our first look at the production version of the ID. Crozz last month, another ID.4 prototype has been spotted being tested on roads close to the Nurburgring wearing different camouflage alongside two ID.3 models.

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Compared to the ID. Crozz concept that debuted back in 2017, the production version (which is currently known as the ID.4) adopts a more conventional design down as the rear sliding doors have been replaced with conventional doors, and the sloping coupe-style roofline has been replaced with a hatchback-esque roofline. It may look less stylish, but the ID. Crozz should be more practical as a result, with more space for passengers and luggage. There's still a lot of camouflage covering the prototype, but the design language should look the same as the ID.3's.

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In terms of size, the ID.4 should slot between the Tiguan and the Tiguan Allspace, but with a slightly longer wheelbase than the Tiguan. The production ID.4 will be based on VW's flexible electric MEB platform, while two electric motors are expected to produce a combined 302 horsepower. Driving range is expected to be around 300 miles. For comparison, the Tesla Model Y has a range of 280 miles. Using a 150 kW charger, the ID.4 will recharge to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The ID.4 is expected to debut in 2020.

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