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Volkswagen Canada announced pricing, specs and release date info of the ID.4 electric SUV today:

Volkswagen Canada Welcomes ID.4 to Canada
  • All new full-electric Compact SUV arrives in late summer
  • 82 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive with 201 hp (at launch) and all-wheel-drive with approximately 300 hp (to follow)
  • Specifically equipped for Canadian environment
  • Modern design combines high-tech features, advanced driver assistance technology and a smart infotainment system → Up to 400 km of driving range on a full charge for RWD model
  • Starting at $44,995 MSRP for ID.4 Pro before $5,000 Federal rebate and additional provincial rebates

Ajax – Volkswagen Canada proudly welcomes the newest member of the family, the all-new ID.4 electric SUV—the brand’s first long-range EV to be sold in Canada. This compact SUV offers all the best features of Volkswagen’s current lineup—hallmark driving dynamics, bold design, and advanced technology—and just so happens to also be fully electric.

“The ID.4 was designed, first and foremost, to be a great SUV,” said Pierre Boutin, President of Volkswagen Canada. “It looks and drives like the future, and does so without any compromises. This truly is an EV for everyone.”

Powertrain & Charging

The ID.4 electric compact SUV is based on the modular electric drive architecture (MEB), the heart of which is a battery pack comprised of 288 pouch cells in 12 modules positioned within the underbody. This creates a low center of gravity for optimal driving dynamics as well as extremely well-balanced weight distribution. The battery pack is housed in a lightweight aluminum structure that is bolted to the frame, helping to improve rigidity and increase occupant safety.

When it arrives in Canada in late summer, ID.4 will be offered with an 82 kWh (gross) battery and a rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor with 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. The ID.4 will have a range of 400 km with a full charge on the EPA cycle. A powerful, electric all-wheel-drive variant with approximately 300 hp will follow later in 2021.

ID.4 can be charged with both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) fast-charging capability. The 11 kW onboard charger allows ID.4 to fully charge the battery in as little as seven and a half hours at a home or public Level 2 charger. At a DC fast-charging station, with 125 kW charging, ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes.


The ID.4 was designed to be strong and extremely agile. The steel chassis and body features a strut-type front suspension with lower control arms, coil springs, telescopic dampers and an anti-roll bar. In the rear, ID.4 uses a multi-link rear axle with coil springs, telescopic dampers and an anti-roll bar. With just 3.5 turns lock-to-lock and a stellar curb-to-curb turning radius of 10.2 metres, ID.4 feels nimble, especially among other compact SUVs.

A combination of brake types is used on ID.4. It features disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes on the rear—the difference being specific to electric vehicle needs. As EVs rely on regenerative braking, disc brakes on the rear can be less effective than drums after long periods of not being put to heavy use.


The design of ID.4 represents a nod to the future with a look that could only be Volkswagen. At the front, the centrally-located Volkswagen logo is framed by large LED headlights that flow rearwards, hinting at the aerodynamic nature of the car, while a sculpted front bumper with large intake-like scoops and honeycomb accents give the car a powerful presence.

Models fitted with the Statement Package add an illuminated Volkswagen logo with an illuminated light line that stretches outward from either side, creating a striking light signature.

Front to back, clean, flowing lines alternate with crisp edges for a refined, yet futuristic look. A softly molded side section curves under the crisp rising shoulder line and flush illuminated door handles. The low greenhouse runs out into a strong C-pillar—a classic Volkswagen design feature—and into a long spoiler. The ID.4’s aerodynamically refined exterior helps it achieve an excellent drag coefficient of 0.28.

Size-wise, ID.4 sits squarely in the middle of the compact SUV segment. It is 11 cm shorter than the Volkswagen Tiguan, at 4.58 m, with a 2 cm shorter wheelbase at 2.77 m. It is 4.8 cm lower than Tiguan at 1.64 m high for the rear wheel drive model, and 1 cm wider, at 1.85 m.

The ID.4 will available in six exterior colors—Glacier White Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Moonstone Grey, Scale Silver Metallic, Blue Dusk Metallic and King’s Red Metallic. Rear-wheel drive ID.4 Pro models come with a body color roof, black roof rails, and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Statement Package adds a panoramic fixed-glass roof, premium LED projector headlights with Volkswagen’s Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamp signature, 20-inch wheels, black roof, and silver roof rails and bumper accents.


Volkswagen’s first fully-electric SUV features ample space and a modern design. Passenger volume is similar to Tiguan despite the overall smaller footprint, at 2829 litres total. Legroom is a comfortable 104 cm for front passengers and 96 cm in the rear seat. Cargo volume is 858 litres behind the second row, and 1818 litres with the seats folded.

The interior of ID.4 mirrors the futuristic look of the exterior, with functionality almost completely controlled by touch or voice control. The 5.3” ID. Cockpit (digital driver display) replaces the traditional instrument cluster and is operated with touch-sensitive controls on the leather-wrapped multifunction heated steering wheel. Three tiles show the most important information, with the display for battery status and range underneath. The traditional gearshift is replaced by a large rocker switch on the right of the ID.Cockpit, and a control panel to the left of the steering wheel integrates the lighting functions, including automatic headlights.

A 10” 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; it is upgraded to a 12” Discover Pro Max infotainment display with the Statement Package. 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.

The ID.4 features ID. Light—a light strip below the windshield to support drivers in a host of situations with intuitive lighting effects in different colors and sound prompts. For example, ID. Light signals to the driver that the vehicle’s drive system is active and that the car has been locked or unlocked. It accentuates information issued by some of the driver-assistance and navigation systems and signals, both visually and acoustically, details like charge status indicator, braking prompts and incoming phone calls.

The steering wheel, steering column, and the housings for the display and control panels in the doors are finished in Piano Black. Seats in the ID.4 are finished in black cloth on Pro models and Lunar Grey or Galaxy Black leatherette on models with the Statement package. ID.4 Pro models feature six-way adjustable seats with power recline, while the Statement Package adds 12-way power seats, with massage lumbar and memory, as well as 30-color ambient lighting.

The ID.4 offers a range of comfort and convenience features. Standard are rain sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone Climatronic® climate control, and KESSY® keyless access. Also included is SiriusXM® satellite radio with a three-month trial. Rear seat pass-through for long items, an adjustable trunk floor, and a power tailgate with Easy Open & Close is included with the Statement package.

ID.4 includes standard wireless mobile charging, wireless App-Connect, and Volkswagen Car-Net®. Car-Net will enable remote connectivity to trigger cabin warming or cooling as well as the monitoring battery and charging status. In addition, the vehicle’s 4G capabilities will enable over-the-air updates, with the first update expected in late 2021.

Ready for Canadian Winters

To help manage cold temperatures, ID.4 features a heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors and washer nozzles, and a heated windshield. A standard onboard heat pump serves to reduce the electric heating system’s reliance on resistive heating, thereby helping to improve the ID.4’s range on the coldest of days. No matter the price point, every ID.4 in Canada is ready for winter.

Safety & Driver Assistance Technology

ID.4 provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. The battery pack itself is protected from damage in a crash by an extruded aluminum frame, and a replaceable aluminum underbody panel protects it from road debris. Additionally, the battery is also disabled should the vehicle be involved in a serious accident.

Advanced driver assistance technology includes Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist); Rear Traffic Alert; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Road Sign Detection; Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist); Travel Assist; and Emergency Assist.

Pricing & Sales

Pricing for the ID.4 starts at $44,995, for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro (available in late summer), before a potential Federal rebate of $5,000 and available provincial credits are applied.

Available later in 2021, the ID.4 AWD Pro will be priced at $49,995. Both “Pro” models carry largely the same equipment, with AWD models putting out approximately 300 hp, and adding a tow hitch. Both of these models are available with the Statement package ($8,000).

Volkswagen Canada will initially offer the ID.4 at dealers in Quebec and British Columbia when it arrives in late summer. Shortly afterwards, availability in Ontario will follow. A complete list of dealers is available at

Net Carbon Neutral

Volkswagen has made a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050, in line with the Paris climate accord. With that goal in mind, production of the ID.4 at the Zwickau, Germany factory results in a net carbon-neutral balance.

This factory uses electricity that is sourced using renewable energy. The site includes a highly-efficient combined heat and power plant, which, long term, is planned to use carbon-neutral natural gas. Production of the battery cells, which are externally sourced, is unavoidably energy-intensive, but Volkswagen has obliged its cell supplier to exclusively use electricity generated from renewable sources for manufacturing. These measures reduce the carbon footprint of the ID.4’s production. The rest of the carbon-neutral delivery is handled via certified carbon credits for a variety of projects in Asia and South America that offset remaining carbon emissions.

Beginning in late 2022, ID.4 will be produced in the U.S. at the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant, which is presently being expanded to accommodate the model. Once underway, this facility will supply all demand in Canada and will allow us to expand availability of ID.4 throughout Canada.

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