VW’s first electric SUV is ID.4
After three comes four. At the moment, Volkswagen has started deliveries of the first fully electric ID.3 cars; its SUV pendant is already appearing on the catwalk. Both share the dedicated MEB-platform and most technical solutions.
VW Group is starting to unroll several electric vehicles based on the modular electric platform (MEB) especially developed for electric models. Apart from the Golf-sized ID.3 and the SUV-like ID.4, we will soon see the Seat El Born and the Skoda Enyaq on the road followed a little later by the Audi Q4 e-tron.
Most important segment
For a while already, the segment of the compact SUV like the ID.4 is the largest in the market. The ID.4 will be sold and produced in Europe, the US, and China. For the VW Group, ID.4 is a strategic milestone.
With its 4,58 meters of length, the ID.4 is on the verge of the compact segment. The long wheelbase (2,77 m) and the electric platform make sure that there is ample space inside, both for passengers and luggage (543 liters minimum, 1 575 liters maximum with folded rear bench).
The ID.4 features the same instrumentation and switchless controls as the ID.3. It has two innovative display technologies, ID.Light and (as an option) AR head-up display (augmented reality).
The first is a small light line under the windscreen, which helps the driver with intuïtive light signals. The second projects navigation arrows and other indications on the windscreen perfectly integrated into the surrounding view.
Connectivity is of the highest level, with the possibility of Android Auto, Apple Car Play, and Mirror Link. The smartphone interface Comfort links the phone with the on-board electronics. To connect with the outside world, there’s also VW’s We Connect ID.
New electronic platform
The software architecture of the ID.4 follows the principle of stationary servers. It enables and simplifies the exchange of data. Via Online Remote Update, the two central steering units can be updated during the whole life span of the car.
The electromotor (synchronous with a permanent magnet) sits just in front of the rear axle and develops 150 kW (204 hp) to drive the rear wheels. Next year, there will be a more powerful version with 4WD. Accelerating from zero to 100 kph takes 8,5 seconds, the top speed is limited to 160 kph.
The ID.4 has a battery pack delivering 77 kWh as available capacity. The pack weighs 493 kg and provides a WLTP-range of 520 km. Charging can be done at home, at public charging points, and at superchargers up to 125 kW.
Two launch versions
The ID.4 is launched in two versions, the ID.4 1st and the ID.4 1st Max. The first has 20-inch wheels and is already well equipped. It will be sold in Germany for €49 950. The very luxurious ID.4 1st Max will cost €10 000 extra.
Both models will be offered in a limited number of 27 000 units. After that, there will be preconfigured versions featuring the most popular options as packs. It makes for a transparent model offer and promotes the ability of the Zwickau-based factory to build quickly and deliver rapidly.