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22 September 2020

The new Volkswagen ID 4 will be unveiled tomorrow (Wednesday 23 September), and the firm has continued its build-up to the reveal by showcasing the new IQ Light technology it will offer.

The electric compact SUV, which recently went into production in Zwickau, Germany, is the second machine built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric platform, following the recently launched Volkswagen ID 3 family hatchback.

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Volkswagen says the ID 4 has been designed with a "powerful and sporty, but simultaneously also likeable character", which the new lighting plays a major part in. The large LED headlights at the front of the car are intended to give the ID 4 character, while the rear light clusters feature a '3D effect', with the brake lights designed in an X shape.

The IQ LED matrix headlight system, which features 11 individual LEDs that can be individually operated to control the direction of the lighting, will be offered as an option on the ID 4.

The headlight images are the latest in a series of ID 4 teasers, following a series of sketches showing the general design of the car.

The design of the ID 4, which was first seen as the ID Crozz concept, is based on the ID 3, with Volkswagen Group design chief Klaus Zyciora describing it as "clean, flowing and powerful". He added that the mix of gentle surfaces with clear edges was intended to make it to look "as if shaped by the wind itself".

Zyciora said aerodynamic efficiency was a key factory in the ID 4's design, in order to maximise its range. Volkswagen says the machine will have a drag coefficient of 0.28, making it substantially more efficient than most SUVs. “The electric design evolution of the ID 4 also means that we have focused very strongly on the aerodynamics,” said Zyciora.

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The emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency resulted in the ID 4's flowing shape, with Volkswagen saying the rear of the car has been "significantly drawn in" to maximise this. There's also a large roof spoiler and the bodies of the rear light clusters have been designed to help ensure that airflow at the rear of the car is cleanly separated.

The ID 4 will be sold globally and produced at factories in Germany, the US and China. Volkswagen brand boss Ralf Brandstätter was present to watch the first series-production ID 4s emerge from the Zwickau line recently.

The ID 4 will initially be offered with rear-wheel drive and a range of up to 311 miles. Volkswagen says production of the SUV began on time, despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus.

Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen board member for e-mobility, said: “Given the major societal challenges of recent months, the successful start of ID 4 series production is an exceptional achievement.” 

Zwickau was previously home to the Passat. Volkswagen has spent €1.2 billion (£1.1bn) converting it to house an MEB-platform production line with an initial capacity of around 300,000 vehicles.

Pre-production of the ID 4 has also begun at Volkswagen's factory in Anting, China, and production is due to begin in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2022.

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Although Volkswagen has yet to officially reveal the ID 4, it has previously been seen undisguised. The images were contained in filings to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) as part of documents that all firms must submit to gain type approval for new models in China.

The images show how the ID 4 will look in its production bodywork and confirm that, as expected, it will share similar design features and traits with the ID 3. The documents also confirm that the SUV will be 4592mm long, 1852mm wide and 1629mm high, with a wheelbase of 2765mm. Initially, the Chinese model will feature the 201bhp powertrain.

The ID 4 was due to be launched at this year's New York motor show, but after that show was postponed due to the pandemic, it's expected to take place in the next few months.

The ID 4 will initially be sold with a single electric motor and rear-wheel drive, with a more powerful twin-motor four-wheel drive layout set to be offered within the first 12 months of sales, according to Brandstätter.

As suggested by the ID Crozz concept, the rear-wheel-drive model is expected to offer up to 201bhp and 229lb ft of torque from its rear-mounted electric motor. The four-wheel-drive model will add a front-mounted motor with an additional 101bhp and 103lb ft, taking its overall output to 302bhp and 332lb ft.

The ID 4 will offered with a range of different battery options, the largest of which, a rumoured 83kWh unit, will offer a range of up to 311 miles on the WLTP test cycle.

It will also offer rapid-charging capability that will allow its battery to be charged to an 80% state of charge within 30min on a 125-150kW system.

There will be two versions of the ID 4: a standard model and a coupé-SUV in the vein of the original concept, expected to be named the ID 5. This will be revealed at a later date. 

"As early as 2020, we aim to sell 100,000 all-electric Volkswagens [per year]," said Volkswagen Group chairman Herbert Diess at the Crozz concept's 2017 unveiling. "But this is just the beginning. By 2025, annual sales could increase tenfold to one million vehicles." 

The ID 4 and ID 5 aim to combine the dynamic lines of a modern-day sports car with the all-terrain capability of a dedicated off-roader. They're said to offer interior space on a par with the Tiguan Allspace, a long-wheelbase version of Volkswagen's best-selling SUV model.

The ID Crozz concept is 4625mm long, 1891mm wide and 1609mm tall, putting it in between the five-seat Tiguan and seven-seat Tiguan Allspace in terms of dimensions. The wheelbase is 2773mm.

The MEB-based ID Crozz features two electric motors – one mounted within the front axle, and one at the rear - powered by an 83kWh lithium ion battery housed within the floor structure. The front electric motor sends its 101bhp and 103lb ft to the front wheels. The rear unit delivers 201bhp and 228lb ft to the rear wheels, giving the car a combined output of 302bhp and 332lb ft of torque.

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This is just under 100bhp more than the powertrain used by the rear-wheel-drive ID hatchback, intended to offset a likely weight increase. The ID 4 is set to have a range of more than 311 miles, with no specific figure yet quoted. No performance figures have been revealed, although Volkswagen says it intends limiting the top speed to 112mph.   

With the car's large battery mounted low down within the floor structure and the electric motors also housed within the axle assemblies front and rear, Volkswagen also claims it possesses a front-to-rear weight distribution of 48:52. Volkswagen officials have talked up the dynamic qualities, suggesting the new platform and chassis provide a “large spread between handling and comfort”. 

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11 September 2017
Apart from the ID Buzz, the other ID concepts have been nice but just a bit anonymous in their grey colour schemes. This looks much better though. Where the designers influenced by the Brazil only VW SP2 that was based on the original Beetle? Something about the nose, side windows and rear lights is strongly reminiscent of it

11 September 2017

Anyone know what price bracket this is set to be in?  Half a story, again!

11 September 2017

They forgot to style it. But it'll sell in droves of course.

29 July 2019
autoindustryinsider wrote:

They forgot to style it. But it'll sell in droves of course.

 

autoindustryinsider?

 

Ah, you might be the greeter that welcomed my mate to the used car lot on the high street?.

6 February 2020
Takeitslowly wrote:

autoindustryinsider wrote:

They forgot to style it. But it'll sell in droves of course.

 

autoindustryinsider?

 

Ah, you might be the greeter that welcomed my mate to the used car lot on the high street?.

I don't believe you've a mate!

FM8

6 February 2020
xxxx wrote:
Takeitslowly wrote:

autoindustryinsider wrote:

They forgot to style it. But it'll sell in droves of course.

 

autoindustryinsider?

 

Ah, you might be the greeter that welcomed my mate to the used car lot on the high street?.

I don't believe you've a mate!

He's got plenty, rattling around his bird brain.

17 June 2020

 

 

[/quote] I don't believe you've a mate![/quote]

Ouch LOL

12 September 2017

The bottom of the rear window appears to be level with the driver's eyeline. Hope they equip it with a full-time rear view camera!

29 July 2019

  Other than premium car design, the mainstream stuff is bouncing along the bottom, nothing radically new,brands just keeping up with each other.

29 July 2019

It seems pretty clear VAG is holding back a full blown electric Golf, given they have designed from scratch all these alternatives. But why? Is it to protect legacy factory's and jobs, or is it because these 'new' models will have a bigger profit margin? The latter seems unlikely so what's the real reason?

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