We saw it in concept form three years ago as the ID Crozz, and here it is at last: the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 – the company's second model in its new ID electric vehicle range.
Joining the smaller ID.3 hatch revealed last year, the mid-sized, five-seat ID.4 debuts as Volkswagen's first all-electric SUV – making it an obvious option for buyers looking to haul their small family around in zero-emissions style.
In its initial form, motivation in the ID.4 will be provided by a 150kW/309Nm electric motor drawing power from a 77kWh battery pack, with a WLTP-verified driving range of up to 520 kilometres.
Charging on a 120kW DC connection can get the ID.4 to 320km range in 30 minutes, while the 11kW on-board charger can deliver 53km of range in about an hour.
The electric SUV's motor is positioned at the rear, making the ID.4 a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, and Volkswagen claims a 0-100km/h time of 8.5 seconds.
A dual-motor all-wheel-drive variant is set to join the range at a later date, bumping power to 225kW. More details on that model, including driving range and acceleration, are expected to be revealed in the coming months – although we can likely expect its specifications to mirror the Skoda Enyaq.
Driver controls include a 5.3-inch instrument display behind the steering wheel and a 10-inch main display in the centre of the dash, which can be upgraded to a 12-inch unit.
READ: ID.4 REVIEW
The ID.4 is built on Volkswagen's EV-specific MEB platform and measures 4.58 metres long, positioning it between the regular Tiguan (4486mm) and the stretched seven-seat Tiguan Allspace (4701mm).
Most interior figures are still to come, but Volkswagen claims the ID.4 offers occupants room normally the province of larger SUVs.
The company has confirmed the ID.4's luggage space though, measuring 543 litres with the rear seats up and 1575 litres when folded flat. For context, the five-seat Tiguan lists 615 and 1775 litres respectively, while the Tiguan Allspace lists 230 and 1655 litres.
As with the ID.3, the ID.4 misses out on a front storage compartment (or 'frunk') under its short bonnet, with that compact space occupied by a 12-volt battery for ancillary and accessory systems, along with the cooling system and fluid reservoirs.
Will the Volkswagen ID.4 come to Australia?
Even despite today's reveal, Volkswagen Australia is holding its cards close when it comes to the ID range's local potential.
But, as he has before, communications boss Paul Pottinger told CarAdvice today that the ID.4 "would be an ideal introduction for EVs in this fair land".
Thankfully, hopeful buyers should have some news soon: "We’ll have more to say on the ID front shortly," Mr Pottinger added.
The company has hinted before that the ID.4 will be Volkswagen's first electric offering in Australia, but we've so far been led to believe a 2022 debut would be the earliest slot for our market.
In the meantime, you can read CarAdvice's ID.4 review at the below link.