Luke Wilkinson 2019-08-01 14:21
The all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV has been spied wearing its production bodywork for the first time
Volkswagen’s forthcoming, all-electric ID.4 SUV has been caught on camera, wearing its production bodywork for the first time. The finished product is due to arrive in showrooms by summer 2021, roughly 12 months after the firm’s new ID.3 hatchback goes on sale.
This ID.4 mule’s styling adopts more conventional SUV proportions than the ID. Crozz concept, which first appeared at the Shanghai Auto Show in 2017. The concept’s coupe- inspired rear liftback has been ditched in favour of a practical tailgate, while its missing B-pillars and wing mirrors have been reinstated.
Some of the concept’s design features have been retained, though. Volkswagen’s trademark “ID.” daytime running lights, LED headlights and blanked-off radiator grille feature relatively unchanged, as does the concept’s raked windscreen line and rugged black plastic mouldings for the wheel arches and side skirts.
Given the modular nature of the MEB platform on which the ID.4 is based, Volkswagen could also offer the SUV with a range of other drivetrain options. Less expensive variants may feature a single electric motor, two-wheel drive and smaller battery packs, while range-topping models will feature a pair of motors and four-wheel-drive.
Expect battery packs to range from 45kWh and 77kWh in size, which will offer between 200 and 300 miles of electric range.
The German brand is yet to officially announce the ID.4’s performance specifications, however, the ID. Crozz concept featured a pair of electric motors that provided a power output of 302bhp, a top speed of 112mph, an all-electric range of 500km (311 miles).
Through this mule’s windows, we can make out a “floating” infotainment screen and a digital instrument cluster. The ID.3 hatchback is due to receive a similar system featuring both satellite navigation and voice control, which we expect will be transferred wholesale into the ID.4.
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