Paging Raymond Loewy: Volkswagen ID.4 Leaked
Hey, look — it’s Volkswagen’s upcoming electric crossover! Leaked on the vwidtalk.com forum and spied by Jalopnik on Wednesday, the MEB-platform EV, which will one day roll out of Chattanooga Assembly, apparently used a Coke bottle for a muse.
Shunning straight lines as well as gasoline, the ID.4 has been spotted disguised as both an Opel and a Kia, but these photos bare all.
VW referred to it as the ID Crozz back when it was still an idea on a drawing board, but the vehicle’s arrival in reality apparently didn’t require the appearance of a more conventional name. “Crozz” can be seen on the liftgate.
Expected to be powered by an electric motor fore and aft, allowing all-wheel drive functionality, the ID.4 Cross is said to boast up to 310 miles of range on the optimistic European WLTP cycle. That would mean an EPA range in the high 200s.
As the compact ID.3 hatch isn’t coming here, the ID.4 Cross will be the first ID-badged vehicle to enter U.S. showrooms. A Microbus-style people hauler is expected to follow. Like the other MEB-platform vehicles currently under development, interior space will probably be unusually voluminous — a distinctive perk of using such a platform and shunning conventional engines.
One hopes VW has figured out its software gremlins by then.
ID.4 teasers reached us in March in the form of renderings released by the automaker. The vehicle should have had some form of debut by now; alas, the coronavirus pandemic scrapped public viewings en masse. It may also have pushed back the model’s release. Slated for production at VW’s Zwickau, Germany assembly plant, the ID.4 was expected to reach buyers late this year or early next, with assembly of U.S.-bound models swapping to Chattanooga in 2022.
It isn’t known whether that timeline has changed. The first models built and sold in Europe are believed to be single-motor, rear-drive examples more suited for the region. Instant torque and all-wheel motivation are big American sales drivers, though fully electric fandom remains mainly the domain of Tesla and its devout, tech-obsessed disciples.
VW would like a big piece of that action. Indeed, the automaker’s goals for its ID line are lofty, to say the least, and it isn’t backing down on anything, even in light of the pandemic.
Still, VW faces an uphill climb in the U.S. marketplace, as it doesn’t possess the “disruptor” cap and aura of moral purity enjoyed by current EV leader Tesla. If EVs are to become mainstream, and we’re told they absolutely must and will, that’ll have to change.
Shapely, with pronounced hips and, um…bust(?), the ID.4 at least offers fake side scoops and a partially functional lower air opening to avoid scaring off would-be intenders. It looks conventional enough, with what appears to be faux brushed metal brightwork arching over the side windows from D- to A-pillar. Gotta get noticed somehow.
The lack of tailpipe is still jarring to see, but the lower body and wheel arch cladding seems right at home on a vehicle of this shape. As the forum post reveals, a range of wheel designs will be in the offing.
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