Volkswagen unveiled the all-new 2021 ID.4 compact SUV today, a key model in the automakers electric vehicle lineup set to compete against the Tesla Model Y, Mustang Mach-E and Nissan Ariya.
Starting early 2021, the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro arrives, priced from $39,995 (before the $7,500 Federal tax credit) with an EPA-estimated range of 250 miles (402 km) on a single charge. It will be the first of a few models to go on-sale by 2022.
You can reserve it right now for an initial deposit of $100, or the similarly spec’d, limited-run 1st Edition ($43,995) that includes unique features you won’t find on any other models once these are sold out.
VW is planning to sell 1.5 million electric cars per year by 2025 with a third of that being the ID.4. It's a target that can be achieved due to the fact that; SUV’s lead passenger vehicle sales, the ID.4 features the best of VW and is packaged to win over a lot of SUV shoppers.
1. Competitive Pricing
For $35,500 (before the $7,500 Federal tax credit) you can get into a base ID.4 that comes with a smaller battery pack when it arrives in 2022. At that price, it will be one of the most affordable compact electric SUV on the market, that also rivals a lot of popular ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles.
Even other models like the ID.4 RWD Pro ($39,995), ID.4 AWD Pro ($43,695) and the most expensive ID.4 1st Edition (MSRP $43,995) still undercut direct rivals like the Model Y ($49,990).
2. Reasonable Range
The EPA-estimated range of 250 miles on a full charge falls short of the Model Y (316 miles) but at $10,000 less it's still very reasonable. When the smaller battery pack ID.4 base arrives, range is expected to be just under 200 miles. That too is respective and a great value pick in this segment.
3. Three Years of Free Fast Charging
Concerned about range anxiety? The ID.4 is capable of going from 5 to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes at a DC fast-charging station, with 125 kW charging. Best of all, VW has included three years of fast charging with Electrify America at no additional cost!
If that’s not an option, when at a home or a public Level 2 charger, the 11kW onboard charger gets you to 33 miles of range in about one hour, and full in around seven and a half hours.
4. Optimal Driving Dynamics
A 82kWh is the only option for now and has 288 pouch cells in 12 modules fitted to create a low center of gravity, ensure adequate weight distribution and mounted within a lightweight aluminum structure. With the rear-mounted permanent-magnet synchronous motor it produced a total output of 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. If that’s not enough, wait for the 302 hp ID.4 AWD Pro that will launch later in 2021
5. Classic Volkswagen Design With a Powerful Presence
The ID.4 might be Volkswagen’s first all-new electric SUV but its design remains classic with enough of a nod to the future. Large LED headlights and taillights, large intake-like scoops, honeycomb accents, the Statement package (illuminated accents, panoramic roof and LED projector headlights to name a few) and flowing body lines make the exterior truly unique. The ID.4 will be available in six exterior colors—Glacier White Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Moonstone Grey, Scale Silver Metallic, Blue Dusk Metallic and King’s Red Metallic. Best of all, you won’t find any cookie cutter design here.
6. Futuristic Interior & Functional Interior
Passenger volume is similar to the Tiguan and measures at 99.9 cubic feet total. Cargo volume is 30.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and 64.2 cubic feet with the seats folded.
Functionality almost completely controlled by touch or voice control via the 5.3-inch ID.Cockpit (digital driver display), and a 10-inch Discover Pro touch infotainment display is located in the middle or the bigger 12-inch Discover Pro Max infotainment display available with the Statement package. The system responds to voice commands such as “Hello ID., I’m cold” to turn up the heat.
7. A Wide Range of Comfort and Convenience
The driver display is operated with touch-sensitive controls on the leather-wrapped multifunction heated steering wheel. Seats in the ID.4 are finished in black cloth on entry models and Lunar Gray or Galaxy Black leatherette on models with the Statement package. Entry ID.4 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.
Standard convenience features includes rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone Climatronic® climate control, and KESSY® keyless access, heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors and washer nozzles, and, on all-wheel-drive models, a heated windshield
The high-tech package, ID.4 offers standard wireless mobile charging, wireless App-Connect, and Volkswagen Car-Net® with in-car WiFi capability to name a few.
8. Agile Chassis
The ID.4 rides on Volkswagen's new MEB electric-drive architecture with a steel chassis and body that helps it to be strong, yet agile. Front suspension includes a front strut-type with lower control arms, coil springs, and similar components. Out back it's a multi-link setup with telescopic damper. Turning radius is among the best at 33.5 feet (curb-to-curb). Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes to help with the EVs regenerative braking.
9. Passive and Active Safety Systems
A top safety concern with EV’s is what happens to the battery in an accident. The battery is protected by an aluminum frame that prevents damage when in an accident and replaceable panels for potential underbody damage. The ID.4’s, the battery is disabled if the vehicle is involved in a serious accident. For occupants, six airbags are standard and standard IQ.DRIVE®, a suite of advanced driver assistance technology that also includes Dynamic Road Sign Display; Park Distance Control; and High Beam Control (Light Assist)
10. Net Carbon-Neutral Balance Production
All ID.4’s are being produced with a net carbon-neutral balance at the Zwickau factory in Germany as part of VW’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2050. Electricity at the plant is sourced using renewable energy. Long-term efforts have also been made to achieve the 2050 goal. Odds are the same approach will apply to the Chattanooga Assembly Plant when local U.S. production begins in 2022.