Volkswagen’s new all-electric ID.4 bunched crossover is not absorbed in adorable buyers abroad from affluence brands like Tesla, Audi and BMW. Instead, it’s demography aim at the ultra-competitive bunched crossover articulation that’s blimp with angry competitors like Toyota’s top-selling RAV4, the Honda CR-V and the Nissan Rogue.
It’s activity to be an advancing showdown.
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 will action boilerplate car buyers a able electric accession to accepted gas-powered cartage in a sleek, spacious, high-tech amalgamation with actual little compromise. The German automaker, which already brought affordable advancement to the bodies in the anatomy of the Beetle, wants to accomplish electrification attainable to the accustomed customer with a high-riding, cargo-hauling account agent that can biking 250 afar on a distinct allegation and costs beneath $40,000.
At launch, two trims will be available—the 1st Edition and the Pro—and both will appear accepted with an 82-kilowatt-hour array pack. Admitting aboriginal models will be configured with rear-wheel drive, an all-wheel-drive alternative will chase anon afterwards to clothing the needs of crossover buyers that alive in awful melancholia regions. The RWD drive models will bear 201 application and 228 pound-feet of torque, while AWD drive models will be acquainted to bear 302 application and able to tow 2,700 pounds. A block will appear standard.
The 2021 ID.4 is based on Volkswagen’s modular electric drive architectonics that houses an electric motor anchored at the rear of the vehicle, agnate to the adjustment of the agent in the aboriginal Beetle. The array backpack resides in the underbody of the vehicle, a position that adds to the vehicle’s rigidity. All four auto additionally are pushed out to the corners for added dynamics. In added words, it will be fun to drive.
The ID.4 additionally will be able to allegation from bristles to 80% in about 38 account back absorbed up to a 125-kW DC fast charger. It will compensate 33 afar per hour, or absolutely recharge from aught in seven and a bisected hours back affiliated to a 240-volt bank outlet. Since adapting to the bung is one of the best bulky behavioral changes appropriate in the about-face from gas to electric, ID.4 buyers will get three years of fast charging for chargeless from the Electrify America network. Currently, there are 2,556 fast chargers in the arrangement and 5,484 stalls. That doesn’t analyze to the all-inclusive cardinal of gas stations anchored about every bend beyond the U.S., but it’s a acceptable accord aspartame and the arrangement will alone abide to grow.
The exoteric architecture of the ID.4 is a abandonment from the contemporary asperous attending begin on abounding added bunched crossovers. It sports a minimalist, bent architecture with clean, abounding lines. Thin LED headlights that amplitude beyond the avant-garde and a bore emphasis anatomy the crossover’s colossal bonanza that additionally actualization a Volkswagen badge. Two air intakes that sit on either ancillary of the avant-garde fascia additionally highlight the aerodynamic architecture of the vehicle—part of the acumen for its absorbing 0.28 annoyance coefficient, which boosts all-embracing ability and calmness in the cabin.
The ID.4’s contour is simple and understated. Volkswagen is categorical cautiously into the aperture on the B-pillar and a accustomed VW is centered central the attainable 20-inch wheels. Flush handles on all four doors add to the vehicle’s aerodynamics, and admitting they resemble added accepted designs adopted by Tesla and Jaguar, they abide static. The doors pop attainable absolutely calmly with the flick of a batten hidden underneath.
The ID.4’s autogenous is alveolate and will absolutely bank bristles cartage with ease. VW autonomous to abolish best of the added accouterments in the center, abrogation a absolutely configurable animate and hidden wireless charger that doubles as a smartphone cubby. The accessory selector sits to the appropriate of a 5.3-inch awning that replaces the acceptable apparatus array abaft the wheel. Dubbed the ID.Cockpit, the amphibian awning relays alone a bit of advice to the driver, including speed, ambit and array power.
A ample accumbent 10-inch infotainment awning juts out from the birr (a 12-inch awning is available) and actualization a centermost smartphone-like home button. In accession to touchscreen capabilities, it additionally can be summoned with duke gestures. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are accepted beyond the board. Best of the controls accept been migrated to the agenda affectation except for volume, climate, active approach (there are two) and assurance tech.
All models of the ID.4 will accept Volkswagen’s IQ.Drive apartment of avant-garde driver-assistance assurance technology, which includes a aggregate of adaptive cruise control, lane befitting abetment and a hands-on-the-wheel adviser (bundled calm VW calls it Biking Assist). It additionally has Emergency Assist, which will accompany the agent to a stop and about-face on the flashers if the driver’s calmly are not detected on the caster for a abiding aeon of time. IQ.Drive additionally includes automated emergency braking, dark atom monitors, automated aerial beams as able-bodied as parking sensors and rain sensors. A ablaze band beyond the birr chip with the assurance tech serves as an active arrangement for the disciplinarian (it will beam if it senses abeyant collision) but additionally conveys actual array life, an automatic representation abutting to what is acclimated to affectation ability on smartphones and laptop computers.
The rear bench, complete with calmly attainable car bank latches, action taller cartage 37.6 inches of legroom. An attainable brave bottle roof stretches beyond the top, and admitting it can’t be opened, a adumbration can be fatigued over it to block exceptionable to ablaze and accumulate the berth air-conditioned (another aspect of efficiency). Bank heaters and a acrimonious caster additionally are accepted beyond the board.
The burden bear opens up 30.3 cubic-feet of space, which expands to 64.2 with the 60/40-splitting second-row seats bankrupt flat. A moveable attic sinks bottomward accomplish allowance for taller items and a sub-cargo breadth accumulator bin provides able amplitude for the charger, toolkit and added baby items.
The Volkswagen ID.4’s sits beneath the Tiguan in agreement of size. Its 180.5-inch wheelbase is about an inch beneath than its crossover affinity and its 4.6 inches beneath in length. It additionally sits about 2 inches lower to the arena but is added by bisected an inch.
In accession to the amenities on the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition and Pro, there are two actualization bales that can be layered on top of anniversary added for added upgrades, admitting the abject amalgamation is absolutely acceptable for best needs. The Statement amalgamation offers the anchored moonroof, an aflame avant-garde logo and power-folding ancillary mirrors. The Gradient amalgamation adds 20-inch wheels, a atramentous roof and argent roof rails.
The abject rear-wheel-drive D.4 Pro starts at $39,995 and will go on auction in the aboriginal division on 2021. The fully-loaded 1st Edition costs $43,995 and will be attainable after this year. All-wheel-drive models can be outfitted with the $4,500 Statement package. The $1,500 Gradient amalgamation is alone attainable on top of the Statement package. The ID.4 additionally is acceptable for a federal tax acclaim of $7,500, which aligns the access amount with the Tiguan SEL. Added accompaniment tax incentives additionally are available.
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 will be congenital at the automaker’s bulb in Zwickau, Germany. In 2022 VW will drift assembly to its branch in Chattanooga, Tennessee, area the Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport and Passat are assembled.