Beginning in 2021, the Volkswagen ID.4 will be on American roads and ready to take on its more popular rival, the Tesla Model Y SUV. The German all-electric vehicle, which is the first for VW, will hit the market after some delays but its maker seemed optimistic about creating a grand impression.
In the United States, for instance, the plan is to make the mini-SUV widely available. VW said the ID.4 will be available in 50 states and the company is confident of meeting the demand as the EV will be assembled domestically.
According to Business Insider, the ID.4 will be in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the full-scale manufacturing activities will commence in 2022. But the SUV will begin rolling out next year, which deviates from the original intention of making it available before the end of 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused the change of plan and VW has to deal with the emission issues in Europe but the company appeared ready to focus on the ID.4 in the months to come. The ID.4 push is envisioned to make a big impact from Day One of the launch and VW assured that efforts are being made to ensure that the electrified SUV will be on hand as promised.
Also, it all looked like that the VW SUV will arrive as designed. When the vehicle was introduced back in September, its 82kWh battery pack came with an estimated range of 250 miles, which is for the single rear-axle motor model. CNET said EPA testing results confirmed these specs first supplied by VW.
That same ID.4 powerhouse generates 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque as befitting its SUV package. And there will be a more beastly version to come out next year that will come equipped with a dual-motor and all-wheel drive. As expected, this upcoming ID.4 will be impressing with hopefully higher range numbers though VW has yet to provide an estimate.
However, the ID.4 drive range numbers are not exactly overwhelming when compared to its natural competitor - the Tesla Model Y. The two crossovers are miles apart in terms of performance as Tesla's SUV can cover up to 325 miles of driving range on its 75kWh battery pack in an all-wheel drive setup.
It's quite obvious that Tesla enjoys a sizeable lead over the competition in the optimization area, which is not a surprise at all. The U.S. automaker is steps ahead of other companies that were just recently making their entry to the EV market segment.
But to VW's credit, the ID.4 SUV is something to consider by buyers in America. The German automaker has promised that ownership of the EV will be convenient with the support of a vast dealership network around the United States.
Then it will be hard to argue with the numbers that matter most. VW will sell the ID.4 at a starting price of $39,995 and each unit will come with three years of fast charging at no cost.