New Volkswagen ID 4 SUV is brand’s first global EV

The design of the ID 4 draws heavily on the styling of the ID 3 hatch, with much work focused on optimising the aerodynamic efficiency of the SUV’s body. The firm claims it has achieved a drag coefficient of 0.28.

The ID 4 features LED lights as standard, with VW’s automatically adjusting IQ Light system as an option. The First models will be offered with 20in and 21in wheels.

4584mm long, 1852mm wide and 1612mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2766mm, the ID 4 is 102mm longer and 13mm wider than the petrol-engined VW Tiguan SUV.

The long wheelbase and relatively short overhangs mean the ID 4 has a turning circle of 10.2m and they also increase the interior space. As with the ID 3, the interior features an open, minimalist design with large touchscreens, which are compatible with voice control, replacing much of the physical switchgear. A ‘rocker’ switch attached to the steering column is used to select the three drive modes. The central touchscreen is 10.0in in the First, with a 12.0in version in higher-spec models.

The boot offers 543 litres of storage, which expands to 1575 litres with the rear seats folded down. The car can tow trailers weighing up to 1000kg.

The ID 4 features interactive services through VW’s We Connect Start system, with a range of the firm’s IQ Drive assistance systems offered, including lane assist, braking assist and adaptive cruise control. The electronics are powered by a new system built around two computers, with updates available over the air.

The chassis features MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link set-up at the rear, with optional damping control offered. Progressive steering, with which the steering ratio becomes more direct as the wheel is turned further, is also available on certain models.

First models offered in Germany will feature a range of exclusive colours, along with tinted rear windows, a reversing camera and heating for the seats and steering wheel. The higher-level Max models add further upgrades such as LED matrix lighting, a panoramic glass roof and an electrically operated boot.

The ID 4 will initially be built at Zwickau, with Chinese production of versions for that market starting shortly at VW’s Anting and Foshan plants. It will also be produced at Chattanooga in the US for that market starting in 2022, when production will also begin in Emden, Germany.

VW claims the production of the ID 4 at Zwickau is entirely carbon neutral.

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