VW says new EV platform allows more interior space than ICE models

VW says new EV platform allows more interior space than ICE models

Volkswagen has revealed the interior of its new electric ID.4 SUV.

It said the new model has "ample space, purist design, high effect lighting and sustainable upholstery materials [and] is a modern feel-good lounge that opens up the new character of the brand's first fully electric SUV to all the senses".

The first vehicles will be delivered before the end of 2020. The ID.4 will be built in Europe, China and, later, the US.

VW designers took a new approach to the cabin because the compact electric drive frees up more space. Design chief Klaus Zyciora said "the ID.4 brings a new sense of space to its category thanks to the new MEB platform, our modular electric drive matrix".

Exterior door handles are flush with the body and unlock electrically. Driver and passengers access through large door openings and benefit from a high seating position while the rear seat bench is claimed to offer as much space as a larger conventional SUV. Luggage volume is 543 litres with the rear seat backrests upright.

The dash panel seems to be floating, as it is not linked to the centre console which has been designed as an independent component. A large, tilting panoramic glass sunroof is optional. Background lighting can be adjusted within a 30 colour spectrum. Zyciora claims the entire display and operating concept has been designed logically: "the intuitive operability brings a new, electric ease to the crossover SUV category".

ID. Light is a new feature in all models – a light strip below the windscreen. Intuitive lighting effects in different colours signal to the driver the drive system is active and the car has been unlocked or locked. It accentuates information from driver assist and navigation systems and signals braking prompts and incoming phone calls. In conjunction with navigation, it helps to guide drivers through traffic: by blinking, it recommends a lane change and can also warn if the car is in the wrong lane.

In the ID.4 1ST Max limited edition model, which will be available in Germany at launch, the seats have been approved by the German campaign for healthier backs (AGR). They have electrical adjustment and pneumatic lumbar support with massage function. Two future limited edition models will have seat covers made from animal-free materials. They are constructed of a combination of leatherette and ArtVelours – a microfibre material that consists of around 20% recycled PET bottles.

Interiors will come in colours called Platinum Grey and Florence Brown. The steering wheel, steering column, the housings of the display and control panels in the doors are in Piano Black or Electric White.