On Wednesday, Volkswagen officially presented the electric SUV VW ID-4, announced as a world car. The look is reminiscent of a Tiguan, albeit round.
The Volkswagen ID-4 is a purely electric SUV, which should particularly convince with a competitive price. VW sees many parallels to the Beetle, which was the first true Volkswagen. Accordingly, the VW ID-4 is the most important new product launch since the Beetle. At least that’s how Scott Keogh, the head of VW in the USA, sees it.
VW: Most important product launch since the Beetle
To the viewer, the ID-4 actually looks like a mixture of a Beetle and a Tiguan. The car adopts the curves of the Beetle, the brawny appearance and ground clearance of the Tiguan. Like all ID models, the ID-4 is based on the modular electric drive kit (MEB).
If we look at the prices, the comparison with the Beetle seems less plausible. After all, Volkswagen wants to have 49,950 euros for the ID-4 1ST. Cheaper models should not follow until next year. The term “world car” is therefore explained less by price than by global availability. Volkswagen wants to produce the ID-4 in plants in Germany, America and China at the same time. The ID-3 was more of a tailor-made model for Europe.
Delivery of the ID-4 1ST, which can already be ordered, is scheduled to begin in Germany this year. VW can rely on numerous pre-produced copies. At least it works series production in Zwickau since August 2020. Anyone interested in the ID-4 1ST can expect the following vehicle.
This is the ID-4 1ST
VW supplies the ID-4 1ST (and Max) with a battery with an energy content of 77 kilowatt hours for 49,950 euros. This supplies the 150 kilowatt electric motor of the 4.58 meter long vehicle with electricity. The ID-4 1ST comes with rear-wheel drive. The engine is installed behind the rear axle. With a torque of 310 Newton meters, the special models of the ID-4 reach a speed of 100 kilometers per hour within 8.5 seconds.
After the WLTP test cycle, the two special models of the ID-4 should guarantee a range of 490 kilometers. With a charging capacity of up to 125 kilowatts, the battery should be able to draw enough power for a further 320 kilometers of driving within 30 minutes. On average, the ID-4 1ST should consume 16.2 kilowatts per 100 kilometers.
The batteries are located in the floor and are housed in a special aluminum housing. This should ensure a low center of gravity and a correspondingly stable grip. The ID-4 also traditionally benefits from the interior design options that result from the placement of the batteries in the underbody.
It should be possible to mount three child seats next to each other on the back seat of the ID-4. The large wheelbase of 2.77 meters should provide space in the interior that would actually be assigned to the next higher comfort class, according to Volkswagen.
In addition to the ID-4 1ST special model, Volkswagen offers the ID-4 1ST Max, which costs 10,000 euros more than the 1ST and is better equipped. For example, the Max has LED headlights on the front and rear.
The ID-4 has a permissible, braked trailer load of 1,200 kilograms, making it one of the few Stromers with a tensile load confirmed by the manufacturer. The optional roof rails should open up additional transport options. The trunk holds 543 liters according to VDA and can be increased to 1,575 liters by folding down the rear seats.
On the software side, VW sees itself better positioned than with the ID-4 with his punctured ID-3. Although the cockpit is very reminiscent of the ID-3, the software should provide full functionality upon delivery. Customers don’t have to wait for updates that add promised features. The head-up display should also be fully functional upon delivery.
More models from 2021
From 2021 Volkswagen wants to increase the variety of models. For example, there should be a variant with a smaller 52 kilowatt hour battery. This should reduce the price of the vehicle to below 37,000 euros. VW also wants to offer different performance levels from next year. There should be a range of ID-4s in the power range between 109 and 150 kilowatts. However, none of the models will be able to drive faster than 160 kilometers per hour.
Volkswagen has not yet communicated the prices of the various variants. It is to be expected, however, that these will be below the prices for the 1ST models. After all, the 1ST models are downright opulent. They offer 20-inch wheels, heated seats and steering wheel, ambient lighting to create a special atmosphere in the rear, a panoramic glass roof and a reversing camera. This cannot be referred to as basic equipment.
When it comes to the assistance systems, too, Volkswagen does not spoil the entry. Both 1ST special models come with an acoustic parking aid, the Lane Assist lane departure warning system, the Front Assist emergency braking system including the cornering brake function and evasive assistance as well as the ACC distance control. The 1ST Max has another assistant on board, Travel Assist, which regulates the distance to the vehicle in front and keeps the car in the middle of the lane.
Interesting for German buyers: Both special models are eligible with the full environmental bonus. The 9,000 euro bonus can therefore be deducted from the prices mentioned.
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