Volkswagen ID.4: new pictures of the electric SUV testing

Published: 03 March 2020

► First proper look at production ID.4
► It’s the second model from electric ID family 
► Launching later in 2020 

Our spy photographers have snapped the new Volkswagen ID.4 testing, this time in its own skin. We'd seen the next electric VW testing before, but disguised rather well as a Vauxhall Grandland X

Now however, we get a look at the electric crossover sans-swirly paintjob, just a few months after its debut in the wake of the cancelled 2020 Geneva motor show.

A fresh look at the ID.4

As seen in official pics, the ID.4 follows on from the ID.3, design-wise, too.

Volkswagen's electric car plans revealed

Up front there’s a familiar look to the ID.3 with slim lights that sweep into a light bar across a small grille, but does look a little less futuristic than the company’s debut car. The ID.4 looks more like a traditional SUV – probably a smart move that could ensure a lot of buyers are tempted by it when it does arrive.

It’s due to launch later this year with rear-wheel drive, with an all-wheel drive version joining the range later. Inside, full digital displays are expected (but we haven’t seen inside yet) with what VW describes as “intuitive voice control” and touch surfaces to operate it all. 

The ID.4 takes inspiration from the ID Crozz concept from a couple of years ago, so we can expect a range of battery options delivering range of up to around 311 miles on a charge, with the ability to charge from 0-80% capacity in around 30 minutes via a rapid charger. It’s also expected a top-spec model with the most powerful battery pack could deliver up to 301bhp.

The rear of the new VW ID.4

Upcoming electric cars

Volkswagen’s demonstrating that this is a global car, with production happening in Europe, China and the USA, and subsequently sold in those regions. 

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