On Wednesday, in an Web livestream, Volkswagen unveiled the ID.4 crossover. Designed from the bottom up as a battery-electric car, it is a part of a huge electrification plan that VW launched into within the wake of dieselgate and the primary of the brand new VW BEVs to achieve these shores. Greater than that, it was designed with the US market firmly in thoughts. No edgy European hatchback or metropolis automobile right here—that is pure crossover.

I believed ID.4 was a Will Smith movie?

The ID.4 is one in all a lot of new BEVs that VW is constructing utilizing a giant field of interchangeable components known as MEB (Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten or Modular Electrification Toolkit). (Sure, that may be a complete lot of acronyms.) We have seen MEB wrapped up in a lot of completely different concept cars over the previous few years and even drove one last year. However the first manufacturing mannequin—the Europe-only ID.3 hatchbackstarted deliveries throughout the pond just a few weeks in the past, following some software- and COVID-19-related delays.

That automobile was deemed an excessive amount of of a danger for the US market, which emphatically likes its VWs as crossovers as of late. I obtained an opportunity to poke round a manufacturing prototype final week, and it is a kind of uncommon instances the place the transformation from idea to road-legal really improved issues. Dimension-wise, it is just a little smaller than a VW Tiguan, at 180.5 inches (4,585mm) lengthy, 72.9 inches (1,852mm) huge, and 64.4 inches (1,636mm) tall. There are some styling methods in impact—the black panels alongside the sills and the trailing edges of the C pillars—however as with the Ford Mustang Mach-E, they’re really fairly profitable in detracting from among the ID.4’s visible bulk. For these protecting rating, the drag coefficient is 0.28; no phrase on frontal space, although.

On the within, issues are delicate, not flashy. LED cabin lighting is customizable, and the cream steering wheel and trim items of the First Version work to offset all of the darkish grey and black. The multifunction steering wheel conforms to current VW layouts however makes use of flush surfaces and haptic suggestions as a substitute of discrete buttons. Forward of the driving force is a 5.3-inch instrument panel for necessary data like velocity, navigation, and alerts, with a drive selector poking out on the suitable, just like a BMW i3. One factor you will not discover is the augmented actuality heads-up show that has been inflicting VW complications with the ID.3—VW’s North American arm determined that little bit of tech wasn’t fairly mature sufficient for us.

There are two touchscreen infotainment methods—one with a 10-inch display screen, one other with a 12-inch show. Beneath the infotainment display screen are controls for the local weather, quantity, and some different settings and switches that VW’s engineers thought ought to all the time be simply accessible. There are USB-C ports for entrance and rear seats, wi-fi charging for a cellphone within the middle console, and wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (and Mirrorlink, I feel) as commonplace. The ID.4 additionally options natural-language voice instructions, which I’ll endeavor to check out when Ars will get a couple of minutes behind the wheel of an ID.4 later this month.

Hopefully I will not even have to check out the entire automobile’s superior driver help methods. Security sells, and so the ID.4 comes with a normal ADAS suite that features entrance and rear collision warning and emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise management, and lane protecting.

How far will it go?

To start with, the ID.4 will are available a single powertrain configuration: a rear-mounted 150kW (201hp), 309Nm (228lb-ft) everlasting magnet synchronous motor, coupled to an 82kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The pack consists of 288 pouch cells organized in 12 modules, with a complete capability of 82kWh, though we count on only 77kWh will be available to the driving force.

The official EPA effectivity numbers must wait till nearer to the beginning of deliveries (once more, early subsequent yr), however VW says the ID.4 ought to have no less than 250 miles (402km) of vary on a single cost. As soon as you have pushed that far, recharging is by way of an 11kW onboard AC-DC charger, or DC quick charging at as much as 125kW. At dwelling or on a public L2 charger it ought to take about seven-and-a-half hours to totally cost, or about 33 miles/53km of vary per hour. Linked to a DC quick charger, count on to go from 5- to 80-percent state of cost in 38 minutes, and 2021 ID.4s will include three years of limitless periods at Electrify America chargers.

Later in 2021, a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive model of the ID.4 will present up. The entrance axle will use an induction motor, giving this ID.4 a complete energy output of 225kW (302hp). And though nobody is confirming something proper now, I would count on an ID.4 R model with extra energy than that in some unspecified time in the future within the mannequin’s lifespan.

How a lot?

The usual rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Professional begins at $39,995 earlier than the $7,500 IRS tax credit score or any native incentives are taken into consideration. (Leases will begin at $379 a month for 36 months, plus $3,579 to begin.) There are two choices packages accessible: the $4,000 Assertion package deal provides 12-way seats coated in leatherette, a panoramic glass roof (which does have a retractable sunshade, fortunately) a powered tailgate, that inside LED lighting, and extra. There’s additionally a $1,500 Gradient package deal that provides 20-inch alloy wheels and people black accents, though you need to additionally take the Assertion package deal to get this one.

The totally loaded 1st Editions will value a fairly cheap $43,995, contemplating it consists of the Assertion and Gradient packs. There are some distinctive options to those ID.4s, together with the “play” and “pause” symbols on the pedals, the white accents, some 1st Version-badging, and a tow hitch (the ID.4 is rated to tow 2,700lbs/1,224kg).

Later in 2021, the all-wheel drive ID.4 Professional goes on sale at $43,695 (earlier than tax credit and so forth), with the identical commonplace gear and choices packages because the rear-drive mannequin.

Issues get a bit extra fascinating in 2022, when native manufacturing of the ID.4 begins at VW’s Chattanooga manufacturing unit in Tennessee. These crossovers will not be topic to any import duties and can use domestically made cells from SK, slightly than the LG Chem cells utilized in automobiles constructed at Zwickau in Germany. That is when VW will begin constructing ID.4s with a smaller battery—in all probability 62kWh (with a usable 58kWh), which it says ought to drop the worth to “about $35,000.”

Itemizing picture by Jonathan Gitlin

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