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Volkswagen Reveals Its Electric SUV


Thu 24 Sep 2020 | 10:18 AM
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Volkswagen unveiled its first electric SUV, the ID.4, it's first long-range electric vehicle for the US market, as well as an important part of the brand's overall move toward electric vehicles.

According to CNN, ID.4 is based on the company's new MEB engineering platform. MEB stands for Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten or Modular Electrification Toolkit. That basic engineering setup will be shared with a range of electric vehicles from several other Volkswagen Group brands, including Škoda, Audi and SEAT.

ID 4 features LED lights as standard, with VW’s automatically adjusting IQ Light system as an option. The First models will be offered with 20in and 21in wheels.

In addition, 4584mm long, 1852mm wide and 1612mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2766mm, the ID 4 is 102mm longer and 13mm wider than the petrol-engined VW Tiguan SUV.

The long wheelbase and relatively short overhangs mean the ID 4 has a turning circle of 10.2m and they also increase the interior space.As with the ID 3, the interior features an open, minimalist design with large touchscreens, which are compatible with voice control, replacing much of the physical switchgear.

Also, the ‘rocker’ switch attached to the steering column is used to select the three drive modes. The central touchscreen is 10.0in in the First, with a 12.0in version in higher-spec models, according to Volkswagen report.

It including UK right-hand-drive cars, will initially be built at VW’s Zwickau plant in Germany. As with the ID 3, the first versions produced will be limited-run First Edition models, featuring 201bhp and 229lb ft from a single motor driving the rear wheels and a 77kWh battery.

That gives the ID 4 First Edition a top speed of 100mph, a 0-62mph time of 8.5sec and an official range of 323 miles.

In contrast, the ID.4's starting price is higher than that of the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V, but similar to well-equipped versions of both those bestselling SUVs.

Last year, Volkswagen released its Golf model with a price tag of £18،000 for a basic 1.0-litre petrol model.

Volkswagen Golf incorporates alternate engine options to the more critical summary of your own Golf Mk8’s personal engine assortment, that include a 1.8-liter TSI along with a 2. litre TDI. Some sort of connect-in hybrid version will probably be launched as well.

The Golf GTI is underpinned by a further-developed version of the existing model’s MQB platform, featuring a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension in combination with adaptive damping control.

Changes inside include a new digital cockpit with an optional head-up display unit and new switchgear including a centre console featuring a stubby ”T-shaped” gearlever for ”DSG-equipped” versions.