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The 2021 VW ID.4 will qualify for the federal EV rebate, and boast a decent range

The 2021 VW ID.4 will qualify for the federal EV rebate, and boast a decent range
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It might have taken almost as long as the recording of the Chinese Democracy, but unlike that disappointing Guns N’ Roses’ album, the arrival of Volkswagen ’s first bona fide electric vehicle to Canada sounds like a winner. At least according two very important numbers released by VW Canada today surrounding the 2021 VW ID.4.

With a starting price of $44,995, the 201-horsepower rear-wheel-drive five-door hatchback will qualify for the $5,000 federal rebate, in addition to incentive programs offered by participating provinces. The first deliveries are expected to begin in the late summer, with the all-wheel-drive 300-hp model expected to arrive in Canadian dealerships by the end of 2021.

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The other number is a little more nebulous, as the automaker cites a full charge range on the rear-wheel-drive model of ‘up to 400’ kilometres from the 82-kWh battery pack. No range figure has been released for the all-wheel-drive model.

In terms of where the ID.4 fits into the VW lineup, size-wise it is comparable to a compact SUV. With a length of 4.58 metres, it is 11 centimetres shorter than the VW Tiguan, and with a two cm shorter wheelbase at 2.77 m. It is 4.8 cm lower than Tiguan, at 1.64 m high for the rear-wheel-drive model; and one cm wider, at 1.85 m.

The Canadian model differs from its U.S. counterpart due to our colder temperatures. It comes standard with a heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors and washer nozzles, and a heated windshield. And a standard onboard heat pump reduces the electric heating system’s reliance on resistive heating, thereby helping to improve the ID.4’s range in cold conditions. No matter the price point, every ID.4 in Canada is ready for winter.

As we reported back in September when pre-orders opened in the United States and more details were released about the ID.4, . But once production begins at the VW plant in Tennessee in 2022, it’s hoped that supply will meet what could be strong demand for the well-priced, well-positioned electric vehicle.
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