Volkswagen looks to shake up electric SUV market with new ID.4

Published 03 March 2020

Volkswagen is expanding its EV range with the launch of the new ID.4. The all-electric SUV is advertised with a range of 311 miles and will go on sale in the UK in 2021. 

A fully functional prototype of the ID.4 was due to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2020; however, following the cancellation of the event due to the coronavirus, the vehicle's launch has been limited to a somewhat low-key reveal with a handful of camouflaged images of the car.

The ID.4 is expected to use the same electric powertrain and battery system as the ID.3 hatchback, which goes on sale in 2020. This means the electric crossover will most-likely use a 77kWh battery, positioned near the centre of the underbody to maximise cabin space and create a low centre of gravity. Power outputs will range from 200 - 300PS, with the option of single or twin electric motors. 

Officially, the ID.4 will travel up to 311 miles on a full charge. The battery will also be compatible with the UK's 100kW rapid charging network, which will allow the driver to boost the battery from near-zero to 80 per cent in around 30 minutes. 

Volkswagen hasn't released any pricing information for the ID.4, but it will command a significant premium over the ID.3's £27,000 starting price. All versions will get LED tail and headlights as standard. A fully digital driver's display will also be fitted, with a customisable instrument binnacle.

Like the ID.3, the crossover version will get a 10-inch central mounted infotainment touchscreen while the absence of a transmission tunnel should boost legroom and allow the ID.4 to transport four large adults in comfort. 



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