The ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first fully electrically driven SUV generating zero local emissions and the company says it is produced with a carbon-neutral balance. It will be launching into the world’s largest market segment, the compact SUV class.
“The ID.4 is an emotional all-rounder which will impress many customers with its efficient electric drive, generous amount of space, modern assist systems and powerful design,” says Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen brand. “As the first global electric car, this model will roll out our modular electric drive matrix platform that has been developed specifically for electric mobility the world over. Volkswagen is thus once again demonstrating its leading role in innovation, technology and quality on the high-volume market.”
The battery stores up to 77 kWh of energy (net) and enables ranges of up to 520 km (about 320 miles, WLTP). It is installed below the passenger compartment which guarantees a low centre of gravity. The electric drive motor, positioned at the rear axle, generates 150 kW (201 bhp) – enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.5 seconds and deliver a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph). Volkswagen says that thanks to the rear-wheel drive’s strong grip and its 21 centimetres of ground clearance, the E-SUV also performs well in gentle off-road terrain.
The ID.4, with a length of 4.58 metres, uses Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) architecture. Depending on the rear seat backrest’s position, the luggage compartment boasts a capacity from 543 to 1,575 litres. The equipment range of the ID.4 includes an electrically driven boot lid, roof railing and a towing bracket.