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VW ID.4 Will be the first VW car on MEB to come to the US in 2020 - the production version of Crozz

Last update: Wed Sep 11 2019

The production version of the next ID has been unveiled - although still heavily camouflaged. And this time it is coming to the US.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show today, Volkswagen teased its next ID vehicle, which will be called ID.4, and it’s an SUV / crossover that'll come to the US market next year.

It's based on the ID CROZZ concept unveiled back in 2017, but we're glad they're not going to market with that name.

The German automaker said would be the first electric vehicle built on the MEB platform that they would bring to the US, and will compete directly with the Model Y, also going to market around that time.

Volkswagen described the vehicle when it was unveiled in Frankfurt:

"The I.D. CROZZ is a sporty, zero-emission, all-round vehicle that is designed to be interactive, and whose electric 4MOTION all-wheel drive system is as impressive on unpaved trails as it is in adverse weather conditions. One electric motor works at the front axle and one at the rear, and torque distribution is controlled via an ‘electric propshaft.’ The driving range of the SUV that outputs 225 kW (system power) and boasts a top speed of 180 km/h is up to 500 kilometers (NEDC) on one battery charge. The high-performance battery can be charged to 80% of its energy capacity in 30 minutes using a fast-charging system."

  • In the US, VW said that the range would be “up to 300 miles,” and it confirmed that the vehicle is equipped with a 83 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
  • The car is aiming at a 150 kW DC charging capacity, which will charge the vehicle to 80% in 30 minutes.
  • VW is teasing a heavily camouflaged version of the car at its booth at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
  • They'll be unveiling it early 2020, but then actual availability will be late 2020. This is not going to be an e-Golf style compliance car with limited availability however – this will be widely distributed.
  • Unlike the ID.3, which is only for the European market and launching in early 2020, the new electric crossover is going to be VW’s first new MEB electric vehicle that will be available globally.

Last year, Volkswagen announced that it will make both the ID.4 will come to the US, and made an $800 million investment in its Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory to prepare for the production of this and other new electric vehicles.

The production version in camouflage:

The concept, without camouflage:

Photo from here Twitter user Newturbos – thank you!

Our take

We can't wait for Volkswagen to start deploying electric vehicles into the US market, and this Tesla Model Y form factor should be popular. Crossovers being the most popular form factor in the US, this is probably a smart initial car to launch. The faster this transition happens, the better – and once VW starts entering the market with their scale, this will be good for everyone.

Currently, 89% of electrade insurance searches are for Tesla Model 3 insurance – we need more diversity in the volume electric car market, and we believe in the US this is coming with the Volkswagen ID.4.