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First Look: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4

First Look: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4
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We learned a little more today about Volkswagen ’s all-electric compact SUV, but there are still two fairly significant unknowns.

What we do know is the 2021 ID.4 will be available in Canada next summer, and will come in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions, the latter of which boasts 302 horsepower and a zero to 100 km/h time of under 6 seconds. The rear-wheel-drive model has 201 hp and a zero to 100 km/h time of just under eight seconds. In terms of trims there are two: standard and the so-called Statement package, which adds things like massage and memory leatherette front seats, panoramic glass roof, a power tailgate and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Volkswagen shows off all-electric ID.4’s production interior

We also now know that the battery is an 82-kWh lithium-ion pack with 77 kWh usable and will allow for DC, or fast charging, up to 125 kilowatts. According to VW Canada, that translates to a 38-minute charge time from five per cent to 80 per cent. And we know that Canadian ID.4 customers will also get free charging at all Electrify Canada stations for at least two years, according to VW Canada.

What we don’t know is what the ID.4 will cost, nor do we know its full-charge range.

However, in the United States, where pre-orders for the ID.4 opened today, range is said to be 250 miles — or just over 400 kilometres — with the price starting at US$40,000. That range figure is very competitive, but that base price most likely will translate to over $45,000 Canadian, meaning the ID.4 will not qualify for provincial and federal rebates as they stand today. Then again, perhaps Volkswagen Canada is giving themselves time to find a package they can price under $45,000 just so they can qualify for that federal rebate.

The sole difference between the Canadian and U.S. specs is that above the 49th parallel the ID.4 will be equipped with a heat pump, which will draw heat from outside the cabin to inside the cabin, thus taking some of the vehicle’s heating system off the battery pack. That being the case, we can assume that U.S. range figure will translate to Canada, too. Other standard Canadian-spec features include heated windshield, heated steering wheel, heated front seats and pre-heating.

As with most EVs these days, the cabin dash is minimalist, with a 5.3-inch standard display screen and a big 12-inch optional one. Rear cargo space is 858 litres with rear seats up; 1,818 L will rear seats folded down.

In terms of the direct competition, VW Canada didn’t name names, but did say it considered the soon-to-be-released compact SUV EVs to be what the ID.4 will be up against. One can assume that means the Nissan Ariya, the Volvo Recharge XC40 and the upcoming .

VW Canada will not be taking pre-orders, most likely to avoid the kinds of supply issues that frustrated would-be e-Golf buyers. On that note, expect the 2021 allocation of ID.4 to Canada to be somewhat limited, at least until production gets underway at VW’s Tennessee plant in 2022. When that plant comes online, North American supply should be quite healthy as all those vehicles will be earmarked for U.S. and Canadian consumers.

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