Volkswagen ID.4: electric SUV previewed

Published: 03 March 2020

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

Following on from the ID.3, the Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover has almost (but not quite) made its debut in the wake of the cancelled 2020 Geneva motor show

The second model in Volkswagen’s ID range of electric cars the 4 is a crossover SUV based on the firm’s electric MEB platform.

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We’ve seen spy shots of the ID.4 already, disguised rather well as a Vauxhall Grandland X. We can see why they chose that car, there are certain design elements seen through the swirly paint that make it similar – mainly around the C-pillar and large black bumper at the back of the car. other than that though, it’s more an evolution of the smaller ID.3, so there’s a definite family identity.

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.

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

By Tom Goodlad

Bauer Automotive's continuity editor and CAR contributor