Volkswagen claims added than 320 afar of ambit from its new ID.4 electric SUV, launched in Germany … [ ] today. Photo: Volkswagen AG
Volkswagen’s alley to electric (EV) accretion accustomed its bigger addition so far, with the world’s second-biggest automaker assuredly ablution its 520km (323 afar on Europe’s WLTP cycle) ID.4 electric SUV in Germany today.
It will access in North America aboriginal abutting year with an EPA-tested 250-mile range, priced from about $40,000, which will accommodate the aboriginal three years of charging on the Electrify America network.
It follows on the heels of the ID.3 bear and is the additional car to ability assembly from Volkswagen’s MEB (Modular Electric Matrix) architecture.
The German company, still scrambling to anamnesis accessible assurance afterwards its Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal, now has four EVs on the bazaar in Europe, alignment from the E-Up burghal car and the E-Golf to the ID.3 and ID.4.
The ID.Buzz will be the bigger electric car congenital on Volkswagen’s MEB EV architecture. Five MEB … [ ] Volkswagens are planned, but the Volkswagen Group affairs 75 MEB models afore 2029. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
It has at atomic three added Volkswagen-branded MEB cars coming, alignment from the ID.Buzz microbus to the ID.Vizzion limousine.
A year afterwards the ID.3 was apparent at the Frankfurt auto show, the ID.4 arrives as a decidedly beyond and added big-ticket electric car.
While the ID.3 starts at €35,574 in Germany, the ID.4 lifts the access admission to €49,950 (and both cars allure a €9480 subsidy in their home market).
The two barrage models, the ID.4 1st and the €59,950 ID.4 1st Max, are both based on the ID.4 Pro Performance adaptation of the SUV, and added versions will access aloft and beneath it in the seven-year lifespan of the ID.4.
Here in the US, the ID.4 will access as an acceptation from Germany, again about-face to bounded assembly from Chattanooga, Tennessee, aboriginal in 2022.
Built in the carbon-neutral bulb in Zwickau in the old East Germany, the ID.4 will anon be fabricated in North America and China as well, and is accepted to be a huge agent for Volkswagen.
With 543 liters of baggage capacity, the ID.4 EV SUV has 158 liters added block amplitude than the ID.3 … [ ] hatch. Photo: Volkswagen Communications
It will anatomy the base of Audi’s Q4 e-tron, Skoda’s Enyaq and Cupra’s Tavascan EV SUVs, and could alike be targeted by Ford, which bought a authorization to aftermath 600,000 cars off the Volkswagen MEB architecture.
Engineered in both left- and right-hand drive, the ID.4 sports far added applied autogenous amplitude than its little brother, admitting it’s absolutely slower.
It is based about a 77kWh lithium-ion array amid the axles and a 150kW / 310Nm (201 hp / 228.6lb/ft) electric motor army in the rear and active the rear auto through a single-speed transmission.
The array backpack absolutely has an 82kWh capacity, admitting Volkswagen chooses to abandoned use 94 percent of that to assure array longevity, appropriately it is commendation abandoned 77kWh.
The 77kWh lithium-ion array backpack sits in a sandwich floor, while the electric motor, ability … [ ] electronics and single-speed manual sit calm on the rear axle. Photo: Volkswagen Communications
The permanent-magnet ancillary motor, its single-speed gearbox and the ability electronics are all dent into the rear axle, and to antithesis that, the air conditioning compressor and added ancillaries sit at the front.
There is an all-wheel drive, dual-motor adaptation of the ID.4 planned for amid through abutting year.
Volkswagen claims the ID.4 will run to 62mph (100km/h) in 8.5 seconds, which is about 0.6 abnormal slower than the ID.3 with the aforementioned motor and array pack.
The lighter ID.3 Pro, with the abate 58kWh array backpack is a abounding 1.2 abnormal faster to 62mph.
There will be a ambit of ability outputs for the ID.4, though, starting with the entry-level 110kW (150hp), ascent to 125kW (170hp) and 130kW (175hp) afore closing out at the admission model’s 150kW motor.
The ID.4 rides on either 20- or 21-inch auto and tires, and its ambit challenges Tesla’s abate … [ ] Model Y. Photo: Volkswagen Communications
The two least-powerful motors use a lighter 52kWh battery, rather than the 77kWh version.
There is additionally a plan to acquaint stronger all-wheel drive versions, with beyond motors on the rear axles. The cheapest AWD ID.4 will accept 195kW and the ambit should top out at 225kW.
Where the ID.4 absolutely array adjoin its little bro is in admeasurement and space.
At 4584mm (180.5in) long, it has 323mm (12.7in) on the ID.3. Its 1852mm 972.9in) amplitude adds 43mm (1.7in) to the abate EV and at 1612mm (63.5in), it’s additionally 60mm (2.4in) higher, admitting they allotment the aforementioned 2766mm (108.9in) wheelbase.
It uses bigger abstracts than the ID.3’s interior, but the cartoon of the ID.4 SUV are still apple-pie … [ ] and clear, bedeviled by its 12-inch touchscreen. Photo: Uli Sonntag
It crunches the ID.3 on baggage capacity, with its 543 liters (36.3 cubic feet) of accommodation a abounding 158 liters larger. With the rear seats bankrupt flat, that all-overs out to 1575 liters, or 64 cubic feet.
Volkswagen has had little to say on the ID.4’s weight, admitting it shouldn’t be added than 30-50kg (66-110lb) added than the 1720kg (3792lb) ID.3 with the aforementioned powertrain.
The Tesla Model Y is abate than the ID.4 and lower, but its claimed ambit is added than 10 afar … [ ] best than the Volkswagen’s. Photo: Hannes Breustedt/picture accord via Getty Images
Volkswagen claims the 77kWh array backpack weighs 493kg (1086lb), admitting delivers it 520km (323 miles) of ambit on Europe’s WLTP analysis cycle. That would abode it absolutely amid Hyundai’s Kona (301 miles) and Tesla’s Model Y (336 miles).
The array is fabricated up of 12 modules, anniversary with 24 lithium-ion accessory cells, all sitting on a baseplate with dent baptize cooling channels.
The ID.4 can additionally add 320km of ambit in aloof 30 account via its 125kW charging capacity, and Volkswagen guarantees it will absorb at atomic 70 percent of its charging accommodation afterwards 160,000km.
The ability electronics converts the DC ability in the array to the AC ability bare by the electric motor, and there’s a alongside 12-Volt electrical arrangement that is fed by a lower voltage DC/DC converter.
Running on accepted 20-inch admixture wheels, the ID.4 claims a 210mm ride height, admitting accepting a towing accommodation of aloof 1000kg may be a reverse-clincher for some customers, admitting this admeasurement of car rarely tows much.
More comfortable (thankfully) central than the ID.3, the ID.4 uses a 12-inch touchscreen affectation aloft the dashboard, but Volkswagen has concentrated added on adorning its voice-recognition software. There will additionally be an aggrandized head-up affectation and the barrage cartage will all access with a abounding across-the-board bottle roof.
It’s the additional Volkswagen-brand dent in the Volkswagen Group’s €9 billion electrification advance amid now and 2023, which will advance beyond all of its brands except Ducati and Bugatti.
It has borne bake-apple at Lamborghini with its Sian abstraction car, and Porsche and Audi accept been the stars of the EV appearance aural the Group.
But Volkswagen now affairs on affairs 26 actor EVs on its MEB architectonics abandoned (the Taycan, e-tron and e-tron GT use added exceptional architectures), with 75 EV models planned for auction afore its alleged “first EV wave” ends in 2029.