The launch of the Volkswagen ID 4 EV will take place in 2023
The launch of the Volkswagen ID 4 EV will take place next year, the tests will start in 2 months on our roads
Just a few days ago we told you about Skoda which is soon readying its Enyaq iV electric SUV for launch in India and now it has been confirmed that Volkswagen is also preparing to launch its ID 4 electric SUV here as soon as next year itself.
As both Born Electric vehicles are backed by the same Volkswagen Group modular MEB architecture that Mahindra is also considering for its next Born Electric cars, it makes perfect sense for Volkswagen and Skoda to capitalize on the shared platform.
The ID 4 test mules will start hitting our roads around August this year, with a launch imminent next year. However, at least for now, the car will be brought here via the CBU route like the EV6 which limits the total number of reservations each year.
According to Volkswagen, local production is still 3-4 years away, as the EV component supplier base is still not common in the country. The company further stated that its electrification course will depend on the performance of ID 4 in India.
As for the ID 4 itself, despite being a born-electric car, it still looks like a conventional SUV, a trend followed by all German brands. Although such a decision cripples creativity in the future, it will help people adopt electric vehicles faster. Everyday buyers will feel more at home in the BMW i4 than in the Kia EV6.
Up front, the SUV features curvy lines and creases without a prominent grille. The LED headlights are interconnected via the bonnet line which also bears the brand logo. The bumper features a quilted-patterned grille and it’s in place, most likely, to cool the powertrain.
There are matte black inserts on the bumper instead of the usual fog lights. The body gets a two-tone finish with a piano black roof and pillars. From the sides, the electric SUV features coupe-like styling with large 21-inch two-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels with low-profile tires.
Like the front, the rear also gets interconnected taillights with the Volkswagen logo in between. The bumper, finished in light ash, sports recesses for the license plate and reflectors.
Inside, the SUV features a sophisticated dashboard with minimalist controls. While the head-up display features a large screen, the instrument cluster makes do with a smaller unit. There is plenty of head and leg room thanks to the platform.
Power comes from a single 77kWh battery, which is the same as that in the Skoda Enyaq iV, driving either a single-motor 2WD system for the base variant or a two-wheel drive system. engines for the top GTX variant.
The single engine develops 204 hp and 310 Nm with a range of up to 520 km (WLTP) while the combined power of the two engines is 299 hp with a range of up to 480 km (WLTP).
India will most likely get the GTX variant with a range of 480 km, which is slightly less than the Enyaq’s 513 km. But Skoda’s top range comes at the cost of lower horsepower.