Volkswagen ID.4 2020: specs, pictures and on-sale date
Production of the Volkswagen ID.4 – a new electric SUV – will begin at the end of 2020, the German manufacturer has confirmed at its New Brand Design event in Guangzhou, China. It'll 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.
Although we've seen the ID.4 before, this is the first time the car has been shown unobscured: when it was displayed at September's Frankfurt show, the ID.4 was enclosed in a smoked display case. The car’s proportions are now more clearly visible, with the coupe-inspired rear liftback of the ID.Crozz concept (gallery below) replaced with a more conventional – and practical – tailgate on this pre-production version.
The B-pillars and door mirrors that were missing from the ID.Crozz have been reinstated on this version, too. It also gets the ID. styling cues that premiered on the ID.3 and the Crozz concept: ID. running lights, LED headlights and a blanked-off radiator grille, as well as the raked windscreen from the concept and the rugged black plastic mouldings for the side skirts and wheelarches.
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.
Volkswagen ID.4 styling
There have been a couple of ID.4 concepts, but the second – the Crozz II from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show – is believed to give the best idea of what the finished production car will look like.
Inside, the way the batteries are hidden away under the floor makes for a ‘lounge-like’ interior, says Volkswagen. There are just four seats in the concept 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
As is often the case with electric cars, the ID.4 will have 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 is said to have a range of more than 300 miles.
What’s more, it'll be compatible with fast charging: bringing the batteries up to 80% charge 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.