By on March 3, 2020


An electric crossover that will eventually find a home in Tennessee rolled into the online spotlight Tuesday. With the Geneva Motor Show scrapped over fears of the growing coronavirus epidemic, VW opted to show off the ID.4’s near-production sheet metal on the web.

The vehicle that began life as the shadowy and annoyingly named ID Crozz has finally embraced its new name. So, what can VW offer with its upcoming compact CUV?

Range, for one thing. Lofty build configurations are said to be capable of travelling 310 miles between charges, which should placate even the most anxious drivers. VW claims the MEB-platform vehicle will launch later this year in rear-drive guise, with dual-motor all-wheel drive variants arriving some time after.

“The outstanding aerodynamics reduce the drag coefficient, and it will boost the ID.4’s range to up to 500 kilometres, depending on the drive package,” said VW brand chief operating officer Ralf Brandstätter in a statement, hinting that the ID.4 can be had with a variety of battery sizes.


While European drivers will have the ID.3 hatchback to consider, the ID.4 is the first new Volkswagen EV destined for American consumers. Production will flow from Europe first, with VW’s Chattanooga plant taking over sometime in 2022. China also gains local production of the ID.4.

Exact dimensions, weight, and starting price will have to wait until closer to launch. As it prepares to foist a broad range of EVs based on its MEB architecture on a hesitant world, VW’s optimistic outlook hasn’t changed. It still expects to reduce its fleetwide emissions footprint by a third by 2025.

Its sales target for that not-too-distant year? 1.5 million EVs. Let’s hope those reported ID.3 software issues get ironed out, as the ID.4 boasts a digital cockpit.

[Images: Volkswagen]

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11 Comments on “Crozz No More: Volkswagen Partially Reveals ID.4 Crossover...”

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    This is going to be interesting. Mainstream automakers are now very close to offering full electrics to the general public – with no infrastructure to support them and government subsidies shrinking or going away. I could be totally wrong but I think the car companies are in for a big shock and disappointment.

    • 0 avatar

      I think you are correct, at least as to the lofty sales numbers. I think the main barrier to widespread adoption has been range and cost. Lets just say that VW offered this at 310 mile range and sub $40k price point. I think it would sell, maybe quite well.

      I think there is a huge market for electrics in 2 vehicle households and city dwellers. I am interested in buying an electric but I want a ICE vehicle for long trips and as backup for the time being. I am a pretty average car buyer and I am definitely considering adding an electric to my fleet at some point in the next decade, but it has to be economical and realistic for me to do so.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      “no infrastructure to support them and government subsidies shrinking or going away”

      1. The Federal subsidies only disappear if you’ve sold 200k EVs in the US. Most mfrs have not done that.

      2. Infrastructure – I guess you’re not familiar with Electrify America, EVGo, Chargepoint, or Tesla?

      What the big mfrs will be disappointed with is this: without scale, they’ll never make any money on these vehicles. And they can’t scale without a massive source of batteries.

      • 0 avatar

        I can hop in my ICE truck and go almost anywhere other than US 50 across Nevada and know that a gas station is within 20-30 miles if that idiot light comes on; worst case, I hitch a ride into town and hitch back with a gas can and be back on my way within 5 minutes of getting back to my truck.

        EVs will be acceptable to the vast majority of people when they can do the same.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          Agree. Yes, most people rarely need to do that, however when they need to they want to have the capability and are scared to not have it. Real or imagined, the lack of this ability will be a stumbling block to mass adoption, barring government intervention.

        • 0 avatar

          @ScarecrowRepair: If you’re on US 50 across Nevada, there are several RV parks with NEMA 14-50 outlets along the way, so if you carry your own level 2 like I do and have a car that can take advantage of a full 50 amp charge, you’re in good shape. they look like they are all in 20 to 30 miles range of each other. Fallon NV has quick chargers.

  • avatar

    I don’t get why VW has forsaken hybrid technology… I know there hybrid cars didn’t sell as well a few years ago, but that was when they were offering diesel powered vehicles, which got much better highway mileage, and was available on almost every platform.

    Since they were found out (still think EU authorities had given them a wink and a nod on compliance), they have forgotten that hybrid exists. Here in the US, hybrid makes a lot more sense right now. Ford just brought back the hybrid Escape after 8 years, imagine the Tiguran with that same Toyota/Ford tech.

    • 0 avatar

      I think the answer might be that full EVs are simply better vehicles than portable power plants and VW seems very confident that the market will come to them.

      And if diesel-gate taught us anything it’s that highway mileage isn’t everything.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “Lofty build configurations are said to be capable of traveling 310 miles between charges”

    That’s the European WLTP range. EPA range would be more like 265 miles.

  • avatar

    Looks like just about every other worthless CUV being sold.

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