Volkswagen has given a “concrete outlook” on a fully electric compact SUV. The model, for which the study has so far been called ID. Crozz, will be called ID.4 as a production vehicle. This is the second MEB model after the ID.3, and should be launched before the end of this year.
During the online premiere of the ID.4, that was held in place of the cancelled Geneva Motor Show, VW stated that the SUV should have a range of up to 500 kilometres. The design is very close to the ID.Crozz study and the prototypes photographed so far.
In comparison to the ID.3, the front is significantly higher and somewhat bulkier as is typical of SUV, but Volkswagen claims that this SUV design is “particularly aerodynamic”. “The outstanding aerodynamics reduce the drag coefficient, and it will boost the ID.4’s range to up to 500 kilometres, depending on the drive package,” says Ralf Brandstätter, responsible for operations at the Volkswagen brand. Since the ID.3 can actually travel up to 550 kilometres with the same 77-kWh battery – the 50-kilometre difference is still due to the higher weight and increased air resistance of the ID.4 SUV body.
In contrast to the ID.3, which is currently only available with rear-wheel drive, the ID.4 will also be available with four-wheel drive, i.e. a second electric motor on the front axle. However, for the market launch, the ID.4 will also have to make do with rear-wheel drive – VW has not given a date for the four-wheel-drive version or its designation.
The VW ID.4 is produced and sold in Europe, China and the USA at the respective plants in Zwickau, Anting and Chattanooga. Only MEB electric cars are built in Zwickau, while pre-series production began in Anting in November 2019. In the USA, Chattanooga is also being prepared for the production of electric cars where the ID.4 should start in 2022. Volkswagen maintains that – as with ID.3 – the production of ID.4 will be CO2-neutral.
In addition to the near-series ID.4, VW also presented the Touareg R as PHEV and the Golf GTE in the same webcast. As reported, the Touareg has a system output of 340 kW, but VW has not yet revealed the purely electric range. The GTE is the stronger of the two PHEV versions of the Golf 8, with system power of 180 kW.
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