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News 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Fully Electric Crossover Debuts

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Fully Electric Crossover Debuts

The German brand’s first ID model for North America spearheads an EV onslaught in the coming years.

  • The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 makes its debut for the North American market, will go on sale in 2021.

  • The ID.4 will be available in RWD and AWD variants, with power ranging from 201 to 302 horses.

  • Range is estimated at up to 250 miles in the U.S., more than 400 km in Canada.

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 has finally been uncovered. The fully electric crossover will soon go on sale, and will constitute the brand’s first foray into the electron-powered utility market.

The ID.4 will follow in the footsteps of the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback, which was revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show and hit the European market this year. However, USA and Canada won’t be getting it, as Volkswagen preferred waiting for the arrival of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 to introduce its new EV lineup in North America. With passenger car sales drop like a stone, we can’t argue too much with that.

With fairly compact dimensions, the ID.4 will inevitably go head-to-head with other upcoming, fully electric models on the market, such as the Nissan Ariya and the Chevrolet Bolt EUV. And let’s not forget the Tesla Model Y, of course.

Right now, EV sales are microscopic in the U.S., and marginal in Canada, but soon, almost every manufacturer will start offering a lineup of electric vehicles in order to flaunt their environmental friendliness. Volkswagen obviously has its work cut out for it, after the diesel engine emissions scandal that has been making the headlines since 2015.

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 will be available in the U.S. and Canada in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. The RWD ID.4 produces 201 horsepower, while the AWD variant gets two electric motors developing a combined 302 horsepower. VW says the new EV has a “GTI soul” and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds with the AWD setup, and 7.8 seconds for the RWD version.

The 82-kWh battery pack (77-kWh usable) allows for a driving range estimated at up to 250 miles in the U.S., while Volkswagen Canada flaunts a range of more than 400 kilometres. Thanks to 125-kW charging speeds, the battery pack can be juiced up from 5% to 80% in 38 minutes. In addition, buyers will benefit from three years of free charging on the Electrify America and Electrify Canada networks.

There some cool features to be found on the ID.4 include illuminated outside door handles and grille, as VW says its designers view exterior lighting as the new chrome of car design. In addition, an optional two-tone dressup with a black roof and silver window surrounds can be specified. Inside, the vehicle gets standard features such as wireless phone charging, a 5.3-inch driver instrument panel and a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen, while a 12-inch screen is available. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come standard. An IQ.Light system uses an illuminated light bar at the base of the windshield that will alert the driver as part of the ADAS package, as well as other useful features.

Cargo space is rated at 30.3 cubic feet or 858 litres with the rear seatbacks in place, and 64.2 cubic feet or 1,818 litres with the seatbacks folded down. That puts the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 in line with most conventional compact crossovers. Towing capacity is rated at 2,700 pounds or 1,225 kilograms.

The U.S.-spec ID.4 will offer one trim level called the ID.4 Pro, with Statement and Gradient packages offered. The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 will also be offered in Canada in one trim level, the ID.4 Pro, with a bunch of winter-friendly elements, such as heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a pre-heating system, a heated windshield as well as a heat pump. An optional Statement Package is offered on both RWD and AWD variants and adds leatherette seating, a 12-way power driver’s seat with massaging and position memory, a panoramic sunroof, a power tailgate, premium lighting inside and out as well as 20-inch alloy wheels.

Pricing in the United States starts at $39,995 and will be available in the first quarter of 2021 with the rear-wheel drivetrain, with AWD variants following soon thereafter with an MSRP of $43,695. There will be a limited-run ID.4 1st Edition retailing for $43,995. Pricing for the Canadian market hasn’t yet been set, but we expect the base ID.4 at start at $44,995 in order to quality for government green-vehicle rebates.

Production will start in Zwickau factory in Germany, but in 2022, assembly for the North American market will shift to Chattanooga, Tennessee, allowing for a lower price—which VW USA estimates at about $35K.

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