Volkswagen has unveiled the ID 4 and said the new SUV represents a “milestone” as the first model in its electric ID range that will be offered globally.
The new machine will go on sale in Europe later this year and, unlike the recently launched ID 3 hatchback, it will also be built and sold in China and the US.
Volkswagen is aiming to sell 1.5 million electric cars per year by 2025 and estimates the ID 4 will account for a third of that total.
It is is based on the same MEB electric platform used for the ID 3 and will eventually be offered in both rear- and all-wheel drive, with four different power outputs and two choices of battery size. A range-topping hot ID 4 GTX with 302bhp is also under development.
The ID 4, including UK right-hand-drive cars, will initially be built at VW’s Zwickau plant in Germany. As with the ID 3, the first versions produced will be limited-run First Edition models, featuring 201bhp and 229lb ft from a single motor driving the rear wheels and a 77kWh battery.
That gives the ID 4 First Edition a top speed of 100mph, a 0-62mph time of 8.5sec and an official range of 323 miles.
In Germany, pricing for the ID 4 First Edition will start at €49,950 (£45,330), with the higher-spec First Max version costing €59,950 (£54,430). UK pricing has yet to be finalised.
The ID 4 will also be offered in rear-drive form with 146bhp and 168bhp with a 52kWh battery, and 173bhp with the 77kWh unit. The twin-motor, all-wheel-drive GTX range-topper will follow next year alongside a 262bhp version, both using the 77kWh battery. The larger battery can be charged at up speeds of up to 125kW.
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.