China’s big appetite for EVs has motivated the Volkswagen Group to offer the India-bound VW ID.4 in two flavours: VW ID.4 Crozz and VW ID.4 X. The former is the same global model, while the latter is a slightly different looking model reserved for China, made by different joint venture companies.
The VW ID.4 X, called ‘VW Guanghe 4 X’ in Chinese, features a slightly different design at the front and rear. The bumpers are obviously different, but the more visible is the light design. The ID.4 X has a full-width light strip at the front and rear that clearly looks positioned separately, just the way it is.
On the VW ID.4 Crozz, the full-width light strip at the front looks like it flows out of the headlamps. At the rear, the full-width light strip is actually an extension of the main lamps. Moreover, these light strips are positioned higher and meet the VW logo in the centre, which isn’t the case on the ID.4 X. As for the bumpers, while the front bumper of the VW ID.4 X looks sportier, it’s the opposite case for the rear bumper. The interior of both the models is the same.
The ID.4 X and ID.4 Crozz have the same battery pack capacity, motor outputs and drivetrain layout. However, while the latter has a range of 550 km (NEDC), the former can travel 555 km (NEDC).
SAIC-VW VW ID.4 X specifications
|Kerb Weight||2,120 kg|
|Gross Weight||2,580 kg|
|Battery Pack Capacity||83 kWh (gross)|
|Motor Max. Power||150 kW (203.94 PS)|
|Motor Max. Torque||310 Nm|
|Energy Consumption||16.20 kWh/100 km|
|Constant Speed (60 km/h) Range||680 km|
|Peak Charging Power||100 kW|
|Fast-charging Time (80% SoC)||45 minutes|
Volkswagen Group has two joint ventures in China, namely FAW-Volkswagen and SAIC-Volkswagen. The former will manufacture the VW ID.4 Crozz or the global ID.4 in Foshan and the latter will produce the China-only VW ID.4 X in Anting. Both the ID.4 models could have some differences with respect to features and the positioning as well, but we will have to wait until the detailed specifications are out. The launch of both the MEB platform EVs in China is scheduled to take place in early 2021.
FAW-VW already builds two electric models, the VW Golf Pure Electric and the VW Bora Pure Electric, but these are low-cost cars converted from ICE models, based on the MQB platform that was not designed for electric vehicles. Both cars offer a range of less than 300 km in the NEDC cycle. At the unveiling of the VW ID.4 X and VW ID.4 Crozz in China, Volkswagen Group announced that it plans to launch eight VW ID. MEB platform EVs, including the VW ID.4 twins, in the country by 2023. The additional launches would include the VW ID.3, the VW ID.4’s coupe version and the VW ID.6.
Volkswagen has also confirmed that it will be launching the ID.3 in China. Deliveries of ID.3 in Europe have begun, and when the Chinese production starts, 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.