The forthcoming 2021 VW ID 4 crossover is the next vehicle from the all-electric branch of the VW Group. The debut is expected in February 2020. Therefore, the development and the testings are in the advanced stage, which these latest spy shots confirm. As we can tell from leaked photos, the VW ID 4 (also known as the ID 4X in Germany) removes the camouflage and show us something that looks like an Opel crossover. Quite strange, right?
You can easily recognize the fake Opel grille and headlight extensions that supposed to distract the viewers, of course. But, we assume that all of our readers follow the latest news and speculations regarding the EVs. So, you’ll probably notice beyond this Opel gimmick that the vehicle design matches previous test prototypes of the Volkswagen ID.
2021 VW ID.4 EV Platform and Design
The upcoming VW ID 4 will be constructed on the MEB modular electric platform, same as the ID 3. Still, the new model will be larger than the all-electric hatchback, with a total length of approximately 181 inches (460 cm). That means that the ID 4 fits right in between short-wheelbase Tiguan and the long-wheelbase Tiguan Allspace. But, it will probably come with the longer wheelbase than both of these models.
As a result, the cabin will be more spacious, with the more efficient packaging provided by the all-electric engine. Also, the interior will look very similar to the bionic design of ID 3 as well. One of the borrowed features will be a free-standing digital instrument gauge cluster, a color-contrasting trim inlays, and a large driver-oriented infotainment display.
For those of you that love technology there will be plenty of driver assists, inductive charging for smartphones augmented reality, and an intelligent voice command system. This system works with an LED strip installed on the dashboard.
2021 VW ID 4 will come with an additional electric motor for a total output of around 300 hp. Moreover. the front-installed motor develops 80 kW (109 hp), while the rear-mounted motor will produce 150 kW 8201 hp) and 229 lb-ft of torque (310 Nm). The rear motor is the same one that powers the range-topping ID 3. Also, the Volkswagen ID 4 will share a battery pack with the electric hatchback, delivering 45/58/77-kWh units.
The driving ranges will be from 205 miles ( 330 km), 261 miles ( 420 km), and 342 miles (550 km). The company’s first all-electric crossover will go into production next year in Europe. But, from 2022 it will be made in the VW’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee as well.
The main rivals of the e-crossover will be the Tesla Model Y, Chevrolet Bolt CUV, and Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell. But, the price of each of these EVs is significantly higher. On top of that, the Chevy Bolt is smaller than the VW’s crossover. So, the closest rivals will probably be Kia e-Niro (what a waste of potentially great name) and Hyundai Kona.