Volkswagen Reveals the Exterior of the Upcoming Electric ID.4

Volkswagen Reveals the Exterior of the Upcoming Electric ID.4

Author: Derrick Smith   

German automaker Volkswagen has revealed for the first time the exterior look of the production version of the upcoming ID.4 SUV. Up until today, the automaker only shared a few concept drawings of what the new electric SUV might look like. The ID.4 will compete with the Tesla Model Y and other new fully-electric models hitting the market. 

The ID.4 is Volkswagen's first fully-electric SUV.

The ID.4 is Volkswagen's first of many new electric models from Volkswagen, as the company goes full-in on electrification. The ID.4 will go on sale in Europe first then in China. Following the launch in China the ID.4 will be headed to U.S. shores.

The new ID.4 has flowing lines and sculptured rear which the automaker says are the hallmarks of the new all-electric SUV. It's also very aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of 0.28. Volkswagen says the overall exterior design looks as though "as if shaped by the wind itself."

Volkswagen's engineers made sure the ID.4 was extremely aerodynamic, since its translates into a longer range which is so important for automaker building electric models. The  basic shape of the vehicle body and passenger compartment is complemented by many precisely executed details, the company said. 

"The ID.4 represents an electric design evolution," said Klaus Zyciora, the Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group. "Its exterior design is clean, flowing and powerful. It appears strong and self-confident in a new way. This is mainly due to the seamless, aerodynamic style of our ID. family, which we have transferred to the SUV segment for the first time with the ID.4. This means that gentle, soft transitions alternate with sharp, clear separating edges. At the same time, the modern look of the ID.4 can be seen by the characteristic headlights and the signature light between them."

The new electric ID.4 SUV will initially be launched with a rear-wheel-drive configuration, with an electric all-wheel drive variant coming later. 

The ID.4's high-voltage battery is positioned in the sandwich-design underbody to create an optimum low center of gravity, Volkswagen says. The design will improve driving dynamics and contribute to a more well- balanced axle load distribution, so even though the ID.4 is a SUV, it will drive more like a sedan.

The ID.4 is the first of many new battery-powered models from Volkswagen. As part of the automaker's "Transform 2025+" strategy, the Volkswagen brand will invest 11 billion euros in electric mobility by 2024. 

The ID.4 will be built on Volkswagen's new modular MEB EV platform. The MEB platform represents an entirely new way of building cars at Volkswagen. Volkswagen's plans to produce 10 million electric vehicles using the modular MEB platform in a variety of styles. The new EV architecture consolidates all of the vehicle's electronic controls and reduces the number of microprocessors.

The MEB platform results in a very spacious vehicle interior thanks to the compact design of the electric drive. The electric SUV will offer WLTP driving ranges of more than 310 miles (500 kilometers).

Earlier this month, Volkswagen announced the expansion of its Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant to become its North American center for electric vehicles. The automaker is building a new Engineering and Planning Center (EPC) in Chattanooga to test its EV batteries and also for engineering the EVs of the future, the automaker said. 

Derrick Smith
Derrick Smith
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