Volkswagen is launching the ID.4 which is the German carmakers’ first-ever fully-electric sports utility vehicle (SUV). The ID.4 will first hit the UK dealerships in March with a limited-run 1ST Edition with a range of pre-configured trim levels to follow later in the year. The ID.4 1ST Edition will cost £37,800 after the plug-in vehicle grant is applied.
The new ID.4, which its premier launch online last September, follows in the footsteps of the hugely popular ID.3. that has become massive seller around the globe since its launched early last summer. It will also be created using Volkswagen’s dedicated MEB electric platform that boasts class-leading digitalisation and connectivity.
The ID.4 1ST Edition features a 77kWh battery that delivers an impressive range of up to 310 miles (500km). It also benefits from rapid charging compatibility of up to 125kW, with the ability to add up to 199 miles (320km) of range in just 30 minutes. With 204 horsepower and 310 Nm of torque instantly available, the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 1ST Edition accelerates from 0-62 mph (0-100kph) in just 8.5 seconds, with a top speed to 99mph (159kph).
Like the ID.3, the ID.4 is manufactured at the Zwickau facility in Germany, with the production of the car being carbon-neutral. In time, five factories on three continents will be producing this new electric SUV. Aside from Zwickau, the Chinese plants of Anting and Foshan will commence production before the end of the year. The production launches in Chattanooga, USA and at the German plant of Emden are planned for 2022.
This ID.4 comes with Volkswagen’s high-voltage battery warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles. Customers in the UK will be able to place their orders for the ID.4 1ST Edition from today.
Joe Laurence, ID. family product manager at Volkswagen UK, said: “With the popularity of SUVs as high as ever, we are proud to be introducing our first all-electric contender in the form of the ID.4. Its external dimensions are similar to the Tiguan, but thanks to the MEB platform and the packaging benefits of an electric drivetrain it boasts even more interior space along with that all-important lofty driving position.
“The ID.4 is also our first electric vehicle that can be fitted with an optional tow bar, suitable for trailers weighing up to 1,000kg. This really is an incredibly practical car, and with the batteries mounted under the passenger compartment, it has a low centre of gravity which equips it with great driving dynamics and balanced handling. We know our customers are going to love it.”