Dr Herbert Diess, the head of the Volkswagen Group, logged into his Weibo account on July 14 to announce that the VW ID.4 will officially debut for the local market in October. The ID.4 would become the first model coming off the MEB platform in the Chinese market.
We have a few pictures here of the VW ID.4 X (Chinese version) that surfaced on Chinese portals such as Autohome and Sina, to be produced by the SAIC-VW joint venture. A few weeks earlier Volkswagen rolled out the first unit (test production) of the VW ID.4 (‘Global’ version) at the Foshan factory. Reports from local media revealed key specifications of the pure electric crossover-SUV that will go on sale in two battery options – 55 kWh and 83 kWh.
The ID.4 would be produced through both the FAW-VW and the SAIC-VW joint venture and will be their first pure electric car based on a dedicated electric platform. FAW-VW already builds two electric models, the VW Golf Pure Electric and the VW Bora Pure Electric but these are based on the MQB, unlike the ID.4, which is built on the MEB platform. Both cars offer a range of less than 300 km in the NEDC cycle.
The ID.4 X is expected to be available with a 150 kW motor driving it to a top speed of 160 km/h. It is pegged to offer a range of over 500 km in a single charge (NEDC unit), matching the Tesla Model 3’s capabilities. For Europe, Volkswagen has already announced the ID.4’s preliminary configuration.
Picking up info from the Chinese media, dimensions of the ID.4 X are 4,612 mm length, 1,852 mm width, 1,640 mm height, with a wheelbase of 2,765 mm. The electric SUV will also be housing Volkswagen’s new logo that was launched earlier this year in cars including markets such as Brazil and USA. The styling of the two versions differ, with the ID.4 X getting a slightly more premium and aggressive look with the chrome grille linking the headlamps and a different front and rear bumper design with deeper cuts. The overall shape of the car is smooth and dynamic, the strong waistline rises upward and the roof has a sloping rear highlighting the sense of sportiness.
Volkswagen has confirmed that it will be launching the ID.3 in China as well. Deliveries of ID.3 in Europe is to begin in September and when VW starts manufacturing the ID.3 in China, hopefully, the company should have solved the software issues and headed towards offering complete functionality. Both ID.4 and ID.3 models will help Volkswagen to take electric cars to mass markets with their affordability, desirability and features.