This year’s Frankfurt motor show was arguably an extremely green-themed occasion with a strong focus on electrification. Volkswagen group doubled-down on this by showcasing the stunning Porsche Taycan, Audi AI: TRAIL off-road concept, and production-ready VW ID.3 hatchback.
Nevertheless, tucked away in one corner of VW’s display was also another electric vehicle, the ID.4 crossover. Based upon the ID.3 above, you may have missed it due to its unique camouflage wrap, yet peel it back, and it’s largely the production variant all excellent to go. So let’s illustratively explore further.
First previewed by the 2017 I.D. Crozz concept, the ID.4 carries over lots of styling themes from the show car into production. Like the ID.3, the front-end features wrap-around LED daytime running lights to focus width, whilst lower front bumper has aggressive cut-outs to minimize visual mass.
The doors now have more traditional frames, yet the glasshouse still looks futuristic with satin trim inlays ranging from the base of the a-pillar right back to the rear hatch opening. Sheetmetal emerging integrates rugged black wheel arch moldings and is significantly more sculptured compared to the ID.3– this bodes well for VW’s generally more trendy SEAT and Skoda brother or sisters that are yet to come.
Under The Bodywork
Similar to ID.3, the ID.4 will employ the same MEB electrical architecture that’ll underpin an entire variety of electric vehicles from VW, Skoda, SEAT, and even Ford, which recently confirmed the contract with the Germans. The battery-powered SUV appears slightly larger than a Tiguan and will offer a larger, more useful cabin with a flat floor, no center tunnel, and a higher driving position.
Cabin styling will largely mirror the bionic design ethos of ID.3 as well, with a free-standing digital instrument gauge cluster, large driver-oriented infotainment screen, and color-contrasting trim inlays. Technophiles will have access to a myriad of motorist helps enhanced truth (AR) head-up display screen, inductive charging for smart devices, and an intelligent voice command system that operates in combination with an LED strip embedded in the control panel. The latter pulses, blinks, and changes color to interact numerous commands– tones of Knight Rider perhaps?
While the top-spec ID.3 makes do with a 201-hp electrical motor driving the rear wheels. Opinion has it another motor powering the front wheels will be included for improved grip and performance. This setup will also help overcome the ID.4’s larger body mass compared to its standard hatchback sibling.
We anticipate three battery alternatives (matching the ID.3) ranging from 45, 60, and 77 kWh with varieties differing from 205 miles (330 km), 261 miles (420 km), and 342 miles (550 km). The biggest battery can be AC/DC charged with up to 125 kW at a DC power source. An ID will boost house charging. Charger wall box available in 2 versions, with remote gain access to and various charging outputs.
Competitors & Reveal
The ID.4 will be a distinct entry into playing field with very few direct competitors; sure, there is Tesla’s Model Y, Hyundai Nexo fuel cell, and upcoming Chevrolet Bolt CUV– however, they’re either priced greater or in the Bolt’s case, too little. Hyundai’s Kona and Kia e-Niro are perhaps the closest EV’s in terms of size, and rates too.
Production will commence at VW’s Tennessee-based Chattanooga plant in 2022. An official expose is tipped for next February’s Chicago Auto Show.
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