For the first time ever Volkswagen is offering a fully electric SUV - the ID.4. As the second model from the brand to be launched on the dedicated MEB platform, it boasts class-leading digitalisation and connectivity, allied to a highly-efficient electric powertrain and battery layout - this time with the availability of four-wheel drive at a later date. Like the ID.3 the new model is being launched as a limited-run 1ST Edition with a range of pre-configured trim levels to follow in late 2021. The Volkswagen ID.4 1ST Edition cost £37,800 RRP OTR after the plug-in vehicle grant is applied.
Unveiled during a digital world premiere in September 2020, the ID.4 is the second model in the ID. family and the first to be sold globally. This highly-advanced, all-electric SUV is priced at £40,800 RRP OTR (before any Government grant is applied).
Like the ID.3 1ST Edition that went before it there are several features to mark the Volkswagen ID.4 1ST Edition apart from future ID.4 models. These include internal and external '1ST' badging, and a striking interior with Florence Brown highlights. Four metallic exterior paint colours will be available for the 1ST Edition: Glacier White, Blue Dusk, Manganese Grey and Honey Yellow.
The new limited-edition ID. model comes with plenty of standard kit. Externally this includes 20-inch 'Drammen' alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, tinted rear windows, and a reversing camera. Inside, drivers will find ArtVelours microfleece seats which - like the steering wheel - are heated, 30-colour ambient lighting, 10-inch infotainment display with Discover Pro navigation system and ID. Light, first seen on the ID.3 - a dynamic LED band the width of the windscreen, which changes its pattern and colour to supplement and support navigation signals, charging status, driver assist technologies or the natural voice control. The model also offers a range of safety features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist, and Lane Assist, with parking sensors front and rear.
The Volkswagen ID.4 1ST Edition has an impressive WLTP range of 310 miles from its 77 kWh (net) battery capacity. It also benefits from rapid charging compatibility of up to 125 kW, with the ability to add up to 199 miles of range in just 30 minutes. With 204 PS of power and 310 Nm of torque instantly available, the rear-wheel drive ID.4 1ST completes the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 8.5 seconds before maximum speed is reached at 99 mph, where permitted. This electric SUV also comes with the Volkswagen brand's high-voltage battery warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles.
Like the ID.3, the ID.4 is manufactured at the Zwickau facility in Germany, with production of the car being carbon-neutral. In time, five factories on three continents will be producing the new electric SUV. Aside from Zwickau, the Chinese plants of Anting and Foshan will commence production before the end of 2021. The production launch in Chattanooga (USA) and at the German plant of Emden are planned for 2022.