MZANSI-BOUND VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 REVEALED

After months and months of spy activity, a Chinese reveal, teasers and all the rest, the Volkswagen ID.4 has finally been unveiled officially. Moreover we have all the powertrain details at hand. The ID.4 is the brand’s first-ever full-electric (EV) SUV and will be going on sale in Mzansi in what we believe will be 2021 or 2022.

Although 11cm shorter than the normal Tiguan, the ID.4 is still quite large in Mzansi terms. It is 4.59 metres long, 1.85m wide, 1.6m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.76m, which is par for the course in the segment. This is a five-seater, so no third row. At least not yet.

While that might discourage those with larger families, they could take solace in the regular 858 litres of loading space and 1 818 litres with the rear seats folded flat. That gives it more loading space than all other Volkswagen passenger cars sold in Mzansi, except the Caravelle and Kombi.

Figures supplied show that the launch ID.4 runs on Volkswagen’s MEB platform and carries an electric motor at the rear, which drives the rear wheels. This is actually quite significant because it means this is the first RWD Volkswagen-badged passenger car in years. If ever. Maximum power is 150kW and torque is 309Nm, both very good figures. We are told more and less powerful models are also on the cards with over about 100kW and 200kW respectively.

The battery pack fitted makes 82kWh and sits beneath the floor. Volkswagen claims a range of 402km for the ID.4, which will obviously be lower in the real world. Performance figures are 8.5 seconds for the 0 – 100km/h sprint and top speed is said to be 160km/h.

For now we don’t know what kind of charging systems Volkswagen South Africa will employ, but normal home charging will fill up the ID.4 in about 7.5 hours, while a public charger in Europe should do a similar job (5% to 80%) in 40 minutes.

Some of the interior features include a 25.4cm infotainment touch screen with Gesture Control, satellite navigation, USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, the ID.Cockpit digital display unit and others. There are also a host of driver assistance systems such as the usual Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist and more.

We obviously do not have Mzansi pricing of the Volkswagen ID.4 yet, but if we were to take a wild guess we would say at least about R850 000.

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