The ID.4 is the first all-electric SUV from Volkswagen. With the ID.4, the company is expanding its offering with an all-electric vehicle in the largest segment worldwide – the compact SUV class. The car will in future be built and sold in Europe, China and later also in the US. Klaus Zyciora knows the character of the ID.4 like no-one else – the designed the car together with his team.
“The ID.4 represents an electric design evolution,” says Klaus Zyciora, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group. “Its exterior design is clean, flowing and powerful. It appears strong and self-confident in a new way. This is mainly due to the seamless, aerodynamic style of our ID. family, which we have transferred to the SUV segment for the first time with the ID.4. This means that gentle, soft transitions alternate with sharp, clear separating edges. The design looks as if shaped by the wind itself. At the same time, the modern look of the ID.4 can be seen by the characteristic headlights and the signature light between them.”
“The electric design evolution of the ID.4 also means that we have focused very strongly on the aerodynamics,” explains the Head of Volkswagen Design. The ID.4 achieves a drag coefficient of 0.28.
As part of its “Transform 2025+” strategy, the Volkswagen brand will invest 11 billion euros (abut £9.5 billion) in electric mobility by 2024. The ID.4, the first all-electric SUV from Volkswagen, is the second model based on the new modular electric drive matrix (MEB) following the ID.3. This platform is designed only for the electric drive system and is claimed to offer a very spacious interior thanks to the compact design of the electric drive.
The new SUV will initially be launched with rear-wheel drive, and an electric all-wheel drive variant will follow at a later stage. The high-voltage battery is positioned in the sandwich-design underbody to create an optimum low centre of gravity for driving dynamics as well as well-balanced axle load distribution.