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Volkswagen to introduce ID.4 electric crossover in New York

First ID model to be sold in North America will be built in new plant in the US

Published: March 4, 2020, 1:00 AM
Updated: March 17, 2020, 3:44 AM

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen’s ID family of electric vehicles is ready to welcome its second member — an SUV named ID.4, based on the ID.Crozz series of show vehicles that was first shown in public at the 2017 Shanghai auto show.

Volkswagen ID.4

The first ID model to be sold in North America, the compact SUV/crossover (roughly the same size as a Tiguan) will be built in specific plants (in China, Germany and the US) for localized regional markets. The vehicle, which is built on VW’s MEB (modular electric drive matrix) platform, is due to be launched later in 2020.

The platform positions the battery near the centre of the vehicle, under the floor to contribute to a low centre of gravity and enhance driving dynamics thanks to load distribution. The compact electric drivetrain contributes to a spacious interior, while the digital cockpit features controls mostly controlled by touch and voice controls.

Volkswagen MEB platform

“We will produce and sell the ID.4 in Europe, China and the US,” said Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of the Volkswagen brand. “Just like the ID.3 (hatchback, not sold in North America), the ID.4 will also come onto the market as a carbon-neutral vehicle.”

Brandstätter stated the vehicle would boast a driving range of up to 500 km, depending on the drive package chosen by buyers (it will initially be available in rear-wheel drive and later available in AWD), mostly due to advanced aerodynamics that return a low drag coefficient.

Volkswagen I.D. Crozz - Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

More information on equipment and price range will be available when the ID.4 makes its world debut at this spring’s New York International Auto Show.