Volkswagen revealed the all-new ID.4 electric SUV this week. The ID.4 will be the brand's first long-range EV to be sold in this country. This compact SUV has an EPA-cycle driving range of 250 miles and comes with three years of fast charging with Electrify America at no additional cost. The new EV carries a sticker price of $39,995 for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro, before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500 or the available Oregon EV tax credits are applied, bringing the total cost of the ID.4 to about $30,000. The ID.4 EV will be available at area VW dealers in the first quarter of 2021.
Powertrain & Charging
The ID.4 carries a battery pack comprised of 288 pouch cells in 12 modules, positioned in the underbody to create a low center of gravity for optimal driving dynamics as well as extremely well-balanced weight distribution. The batteries are housed in a lightweight aluminum structure that is bolted to the frame, helping to improve rigidity.
At launch, the ID.4 will be offered with 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque, with a 250-mile range. A more powerful all-wheel-drive variant with 302 horsepower will follow later in 2021.
The ID.4 also comes with three years of fast charging with Electrify America at no additional cost, helping to reduce range anxiety. The ID.4 can be charged with both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) fast-charging capability. At a DC fast-charging station, with 125 kW charging, the ID.4 can go from 5 percent to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes.
Capacity and Technology
The interior of the ID.4 mirrors the futuristic look of the exterior, with functionality almost completely controlled by touch or voice control. Cargo volume is 30.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and 64.2 cubic feet with the seats folded, providing normal utility as a small SUV.
A 10-inch Discover Pro touch infotainment display is located in the middle of the dash panel, angled slightly towards the driver. This screen can be configured to driver preference, and manages the standard navigation system, all telematics, entertainment, driver-assistance systems and vehicle settings. Optionally, the screen may be upgraded to a 12-inch Discover Pro Max infotainment display. Menus can be moved using gesture control, simply swiping one's hand in front of the screen. Sliders for volume and temperature adjustment are located on the inclined surface below the display.
"Hello ID." natural voice control is standard in the ID.4. The car follows the instructions spoken by the driver and passengers and is capable of understanding many commands from everyday language, such as "Hello ID., I'm cold" to turn up the heat.
Every ID.4 includes standard IQ.DRIVE advanced driver assistance technology. Features include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring; Blind Spot Monitor; Rear Traffic Alert; Adaptive Cruise Control; Lane Keeping System; Travel Assist; and Emergency Assist. In addition to IQ.DRIVE features, the ID.4 includes Dynamic Road Sign Display; Park Distance Control; and High Beam Control.
Volkswagen plans to offer the ID.4 electric vehicle in all 50 states, and throughout its network of more than 600 dealers. A reservation platform debuts today on VW.com, allowing customers to reserve an ID.4 before it arrives at dealer showrooms, with a fully refundable $100 reservation fee. As vehicle production starts, reservation holders will be invited to confirm their order with an additional fully refundable $400 vehicle deposit. From placing a reservation, to production and through delivery, the customer can see where they stand and when they can expect their ID.4 to arrive at their local VW dealer in a simple, transparent process.
Beginning in 2022, the ID.4 will be produced in the U.S. at the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant. Volkswagen anticipates investing a further $800 million in the Chattanooga factory for the production of electric vehicles, in addition to the more than $2.6 billion that VW has invested in the area. The factory currently has about 3,800 direct employees. Once production starts in the U.S., Volkswagen plans on offering a U.S. localized version of the ID.4 priced around $35,000
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