New 2020 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV unveiled online
The electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV will go on sale later this year, with a maximum claimed range of 311 miles
Volkswagen has unveiled a near-production version of the all-electric ID.4 SUV online, following the cancellation of this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The German brand has also confirmed it’s new electric model will go on sale this year in Europe, China and the United States, where it will rival the the Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro.
From launch, the ID.4 will only be offered with rear-wheel-drive, although a four-wheel-drive variant will be added later in the model’s production cycle. Full details for the powertrain are yet to be confirmed, but Volkswagen has stated that the ID.4 will offer a maximum range of 311 miles, depending on the powertrain.
The ID.4’s performance specs are also yet to be confirmed – although the ID. Crozz concept featured a pair of electric motors that provided a power output of 302bhp and a top speed of 112mph. Volkswagen’s MEB platform can also accommodate battery packs ranging between 45kWh and 77kWh in size, which translates to between roughly 200 and 300 miles of range.
While still camouflaged, the images of this pre-production ID.4 offer our best look yet at the new SUV’s styling. It has adopted a more conventional look than its precursor, the ID. Crozz concept, ditching the show car’s rear liftback in favour of a practical tailgate and reinstating the concept’s missing B-pillars and wing mirrors.
Some of the concept’s design features have been retained, though. Volkswagen’s trademark “ID.” daytime running lights, LED headlights and blanked-off radiator grille feature relatively unchanged, as does the concept’s raked windscreen and rugged black plastic mouldings for the wheel arches and side skirts.
There are clear nods to the ID.3 in its design, too, with Volkswagen making a conscious effort to pen a coherent design language for its electric car line-up. As such, the ID.4 shares a similar rear lighting configuration and comparable silhouette to its hatchback sibling.
Through the windows of one of our spied development mules, we recently spotted a “floating” infotainment system and digital instrument binnacle through. Volkswagen has now confirmed that both of these will feature on the production model, along with an intuitive voice control system.
The ID.4 (along with its sister vehicle, the ID.3 hatchback) forms part of Volkswagen’s aim of becoming completely carbon-neutral by 2050. The company has also invested one billion euros in electrified vehicles, with the further aim to cut its fleet CO2 emissions by 33 percent by as early as 2025.
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