VW Unveils First Compact SUV BEV

Volkswagen has unveiled its first production ready battery powered compact SUV in the shape of the ID.4.

Closely following the technology previously displayed in its ID. Crozz  concept car, the new model had been due to make its world debut at the cancelled 2020 Geneva Motor Show along with many other automaker’s products extensively teased over the last few weeks.

The ID.4 will initially be launched this year with rear-wheel drive with a range extended powertrain as used by the ID.3, while a BEV all-wheel drive version will be added to the portfolio at a later date. The high-voltage battery is positioned near the center of the underbody for a low center of gravity a well-balanced axle load distribution. Its digital cockpit is operated primarily using touch surfaces plus voice control.

Ralf Brandstätter, chief operating officer of Volkswagen, said: “Just like the ID.3, the ID.4 will also come onto the market as a carbon-neutral vehicle. We will produce and sell the ID.4 in Europe, China and the U.S. The outstanding aerodynamics reduce the drag coefficient and it will boost the ID.4’s range to up to 500 kilometers (310 miles), depending on the drive package.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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