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March 3, 2020

VW provides first insights to compact e-SUV ID.4

Volkswagen says the ID. CROZZ Geneva showcar will evolve into its series production version, the ID.4 compact electric SUV.

By Sam Duke

Volkswagen says the ID. CROZZ Geneva showcar will evolve into its series production version, the ID.4 compact electric SUV.

VW presented some details for the showcar during a webcast today following the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show. The new ID.4 will  be launched this year and – like the ID.3 – based on the new modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform.

“Just like the ID.3, the ID.4 will also come onto the market as a carbon-neutral vehicle,” said Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of the Volkswagen brand. “We will produce and sell the ID.4 in Europe, China and the US.”

Brandstätter highlighted the car’s range: “The outstanding aerodynamics reduce the drag coefficient, and it will boost the ID.4’s range to up to 500 kilometres, depending on the drive package.”

The ID.4 will initially be launched with rear-wheel drive, while an electric all-wheel drive version will be added to the portfolio at a later date. The high-voltage battery is positioned near the centre of the underbody to create a low centre of gravity and improved driving dynamics.

VW says the ID.4 offers plenty of interior space thanks to its compact, electric drive technology.

VW maintains the ID.4 and ID.3 represent important milestones in the brand’s bid to become entirely carbon-neutral by 2050 – in line with the Paris climate agreement. Plans have been put in place to reduce the Volkswagen fleet’s CO2-emissions by a third by as early as 2025. Volkswagen says it is currently investing one billion euro to electrify its model range while also offering an increasing number of hybrid vehicles. This is based on the fact that, just like electric powertrains, new mild and plug-in hybrid drives in large-scale product lines such as the Golf will significantly help to reduce fleet emissions in the future.

The webcast also touched on new Volkswagen models with hybrid drive. These include the new Touareg R4 and new Golf GTE5.

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