Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV 2020: specs, pictures and on-sale date
Volkswagen has officially confirmed the ID.4 name for its second pure-electric ID model, following on from the ID.3 hatchback. Following a series of concepts and disguised prototypes having been revealed in recent years, the German brand has now released official images of the production version of the car, wearing a light camouflage pattern.
The ID.4 will effectively be an SUV version of the ID.3 and has a more upright front grille design than its sibling, making it look closer to combustion-engined Volkswagen SUVs such as the Tiguan and Touareg.
Volkswagen says the ID.4 will offer a driving range of up to 311 miles (500 kilometres) and will initially be sold in rear-wheel-drive form only, with an all-wheel-drive version following in due course.
Like the ID.3, it'll be carbon-neutral at the point of handover to the customer, with Volkswagen having reduced CO2 emissions from manufacturing as much as possible and offset any remaining emissions through environmental programmes.
Volkswagen has previously confirmed that production of the ID. 4 will begin at the end of 2020. It'll also be the first vehicle based on Volkswagen Group's MEB electric-car platform to be sold in China, with nine further models set to reach the country's market by 2023. The ID.4 will also be sold in the US and Europe.
Volkswagen ID.4 design
Like the ID.3, the ID.4 is based on Volkswagen's MEB platform, which has been designed from the off to underpin a wide range of electric cars. Whereas the ID.3 has a regular five-door hatchback shape, the ID.4 is quite different – part-coupe, part-SUV. It sits a little higher off the ground and has a sleeker body than the ID.3.
Inside, the way the batteries are hidden away under the floor makes for a ‘lounge-like’ interior, says Volkswagen. There were just four seats in concept versions of the car, while the dashboard is fully digital and can be operated by voice or gesture control, and a 515-litre boot ensures the car is pretty practical.
Electric motor and battery
As is often the case with electric cars, the ID.4 will be available with four-wheel drive thanks to separate electric motors on the front and rear axles. Between them, they have a maximum output of just over 300bhp, and the ID.4 has been confirmed to have a range of more than 300 miles. A single-motor, rear-wheel-drive version will appear first, however.
The ID.4 will be compatible with fast charging: bringing the batteries up to 80% from flat will take just 30 minutes from a suitable charger. The battery packs are modular, too, which means Volkswagen could take a leaf out of Tesla’s book and offer the ID.4 with a range of different capacities – as it's doing with the ID.3.
We’ve yet to drive the ID.4, even as a concept, but Volkswagen proudly says the car will be as good across country as it is in town. And, thanks to near-50:50 weight distribution, it’s expected to handle as sharply as a Golf GTI.