Volkswagen said Tuesday that, following presales of the launch edition ID.4 1ST SUV which have already taken place, presales of additional ID.4 models will now also start by mid-February in 30 European countries, including Germany, as well as in the US. Deliveries will begin in March in Europe and China and, from the middle of the year, in the US.

"The ID.4 plays an important role. With this model, Volkswagen is expanding its range to include an electric vehicle in the world's largest growth segment, the compact SUV class. The market launch of our world car is therefore an important strategic milestone for the brand," said VW Passenger Cars CEO, Ralf Brandstaetter. In 2020 the company tripled deliveries of BEVs and, thanks to its ID. family, is now already a market leader in a number of countries.

"We hope to deliver well over 100,000 ID.4s to customers this year alone," said sales and marketing head Klaus Zellmer. "We have already received 17,000 incoming orders for the vehicle."

Of the deliveries planned for 2021, around two thirds will go to Europe, the other third to China and the US [which is not getting the ID.3]. In China, the ID.4 will be sold in two variants – Crozz and X.

ID.4 is the second VW model based on the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB), a platform specially tailored to the requirements of electric vehicles.

The ID.4 marks the beginning of the global rollout of the platform. "The car will be made and sold in Europe and China in future, and later in the US. In doing so, we are scaling the MEB platform around the world and creating the economic basis for the success of our ID. family," added Brandstaetter.

Production has begun in Zwickau (Germany) plus Anting and Foshan (China) while Chattanooga (US) and Emden (Germany) will start in 2022.

The top models – Tech5 and Max5 feature a claimed world first: An augmented reality head-up display projects its display into the driver's field of view, shows selected symbols dynamically and fuses them with reality. The navigation's turn arrows, for example, will appear in the driver's field of vision seeming 10 metres apart, matching the route of the road.