Crozz No More: Volkswagen Partially Reveals ID.4 Crossover

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
crozz no more volkswagen partially reveals id 4 crossover

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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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Mar 03, 2020

    "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.

  • Cprescott Cprescott on Mar 03, 2020

    Looks like just about every other worthless CUV being sold.

  • ToolGuy 38:25 to 45:40 -- Let's all wait around for the stupid ugly helicopter. 😉The wheels and tires are cool, as in a) carbon fiber is a structural element not decoration and b) they have some sidewall.Also like the automatic fuel adjustment (gasoline vs. ethanol).(Anyone know why it's more powerful on E85? Huh? Huh?)
  • Ja-GTI So, seems like you have to own a house before you can own a BEV.
  • Kwik_Shift Good thing for fossil fuels to keep the EVs going.
  • Carlson Fan Meh, never cared for this car because I was never a big fan of the Gen 1 Camaro. The Gen 1 Firebird looked better inside and out and you could get it with the 400.The Gen 2 for my eyes was peak Camaro as far as styling w/those sexy split bumpers! They should have modeled the 6th Gen after that.
  • ToolGuy From the listing: "Oil changes every April & October (full-synth), during which I also swap out A/S (not the stock summer MPS3s) and Blizzak winter tires on steelies, rotating front/back."• While ToolGuy applauds the use of full synthetic motor oil,• ToolGuy absolutely abhors the waste inherent in changing out a perfectly good motor oil every 6 months.The Mobil 1 Extended Performance High Mileage I run in our family fleet has a change interval of 20,000 miles. (Do I go 20,000 miles before changing it? No.) But this 2014 Focus has presumably had something like 16 oil changes in 36K miles, which works out to a 2,250 mile average change interval. Complete waste of time, money and perfectly good natural gas which could have gone to a higher and better use.Mobil 1 also says their oil miraculously expires at 1 year, and ToolGuy has questions. Is that one year in the bottle? One year in the vehicle? (Have I gone longer than a year in some of our vehicles? Yes, I have. Did I also add Lucas Oil 10131 Pure Synthetic Oil Stabilizer during that time, in case you are concerned about the additive package losing efficacy? Yes, I might have -- as far as you know.)TL;DR: I aim for annual oil changes and sometimes miss that 'deadline' by a few months; 12,000 miles between oil changes bothers me not at all, if you are using a quality synthetic which you should be anyway.