After weeks of releasing small pieces of information about their next electric vehicle (EV), Volkswagen has finally taken the wraps off the ID.4.
The company introduced the electric SUV through a livestream event on YouTube (video below) calling it their most important new vehicle they have released in a number of years.
The ID.4 will arrive in the US early next year, starting at a price of $39,995 USD for the ID.4 Pro. That price is before the $7,500 federal tax credit, bringing the price down to just $32,495.
There will also be a higher-trim option called the ID.4 1st Edition, which starts at $43,995 USD. According to VW’s website, it has already sold out of this limited edition model in the US.
VW Canada confirmed with Drive Tesla the electric SUV will arrive north of the border in the late spring or early summer of 2021. VW ID.4 pricing in Canada will be announced early next year. Based on the US pricing, we expect it to land somewhere around $50,000-$55,000, qualifying it for the Canadian iZEV rebate.
Exact range figures were not released, but the German automaker did say the ID.4 1st Edition equipped with an 82kWh battery (77kWh usable) and RWD configuration will have an estimated range of 250 miles (402km) on a single charge based on the EPA testing cycle.
The RWD ID.4 will have 201 horsepower and go from 0-98km/h in 7.8 seconds. The AWD version, which will be released in late 2021, will have 302 horsepower and reach 98km/h in 5.8 seconds. The AWD variant will also have a towing capacity of 2,700lbs.
For charging, the ID.4 peaks at 125kW which allows the EV to charge from 5 to 80% in 38 minutes. Customers in the US will get three years of free charging at Electrify America charging stations. Electrify Canada has yet to announce a similar deal in Canada, but VW Canada officials confirmed to Drive Tesla that a similar deal will be offered here. It will likely only be for two years, but the exact details are still being finalized.
In a surprising move, VW designed the ID.4 without one of the most popular features of an EV – a frunk (front trunk). Instead you’ll have to rely on the 858L of rear cargo space, which expands to 1,818L with the rear seats folded down.
Pre-orders are already available in the US on VW.com. With a later delivery schedule for Canada, pre-orders are not yet available here. When deliveries do begin they will be in limited quantities, so VW Canada said they will focus on British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario first, the provinces with the highest rate of EV adoption.
Once VW’s new facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee opens in 2022, more vehicles will be available and the starting prices are also expected to drop.