Feast your eyes on the first all-electric Volkswagen to come to Australia, the ID.4 SUV.
Ignore the clever disguise – an Opel grille, how sneaky! – and you’ll see this ID.4 is identical to the EV SUV Volkswagen wrapped in camouflage earlier this year in China and shrouded in fog in Frankfurt.
The full reveal of the ID.4 is imminent with production set to start in 12 months. Exact launch timing for Australia isn’t yet known, though Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it’ll arrive before the ID.3 that’s slated for a 2022 launch.
First previewed by the I.D. Crozz concept in 2017, the ID.4 drops the concept’s coupe styling for a more conventional, two-box silhouette. It also ditches the ID. Crozz’s sliding rear doors.
Like the concept, however, the ID.4 uses Volkswagen’s MEB platform. The ID. Crozz concept used an 83kWh battery and an electric motor on each axle for all-wheel drive and a combined output of 225kW.
Total electric range was 500km under the more lenient NEDC measures, Volkswagen advising the ID. Crozz could recharge to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes using a 150kW fast charger.
Though Volkswagen’s test crew has tried to disguise it, the ID.4 is recognisable as a member of the ID family. The kink at the C-pillar, for example, is highly suggestive of the smaller ID.3, as is the scalloping at the bottom of the doors.
The overall look is contemporary but rather more curvaceous than Volkswagens with internal combustion engines – next to this, a Tiguan appears almost razor-sharp.
We’re not sure yet what the interior looks like or if it’ll follow the ID.3’s minimalist aesthetic. Also unclear is whether the ID.4 will launch with less powerful drivetrain options like the smaller ID.3.
We’ll find out soon enough with production set to start next year in Europe and China. After a couple of years, ID.4s will also start rolling off the line at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant.