The Volkswagen ID.4 is an all-electric SUV based on the I.D Crozz concept, which VW showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo in India. The ID.4 has also won the coveted 2021 World Car of the Year title, where it competed with the Honda E and Toyota Yaris. While VW has stated that the ID.4 could arrive at Indian shores only by 2022, we have curated a list of 5 things that might pique your interest.
Engine and Battery
The ID.4 is offered globally with a 77 kW battery pack which produces 202bhp and 310 Nm of torque sending power to the rear wheels. VW claims that the ID.4 can do the 0 to 100 km/h stint in 8.5 seconds and hits a top speed of 160km/h. It also has a claimed WLTP range of 499 kilometres across all variants.
Charging time of the ID.4
The ID.4 can be charged with an alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) fast-charging capability. The 11 kW onboard charger allows the ID.4 to charge the battery enough for 53 kilometres in about one hour and charges to full in around seven and a half hours at a home or public Level 2 charger. At a DC fast-charging station, with 125 kW charging, the ID.4 can go from 5-80% charged in about 38 minutes.
Just like any modern electric car, the ID.4 is laden with technology such as LED headlights and taillights, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 5.3-inch digital driver’s display, 30 different ambient light options, heated front seats and plenty of other gadgets. But what is pretty unique to the ID.4 is an ambient light strip running across the top of the dashboard that illuminates to give various information to the driver. An additional quirky touch is the play and pause symbols on the accelerator and brake pedals.
One of the most prominent aspects for buyers in India is the vehicle’s safety rating, and the ID.4 does well by receiving a 5-star rating by the Euro NCAP crash testing panel. It comes standard with safety tech like Lane Assist lane departure warning system and Front Assist emergency braking assistant as standard across all variants and boasts of a centre airbag between the drive and passenger airbag to prevent head contact between the front passengers in case of a side impact.
What can we expect the ID.4 in India?
With the ID.4 scheduled to launch by 2022, VW plan to bring it via the CBU route, which suggests that the ID.4 could be quite a bit more expensive than the Hyundai Kona EV and the MG ZS EV but might cost a lot less than the Mercedes-Benz EQC and the Jaguar I-Pace. In recent years, we have seen substantial growth of sales figures for fully electric vehicles, so the ID.4 could prove to be a good decision for Volkswagen to bring to India if they manage to price it right.