The production version of the VW ID Crozz will go on sale in international markets in September; India launch expected in 2021.
Volkswagen has announced that series production of its first all-electric SUV, which is based on the ID Crozz concept, has begun at its Zwickau plant in Germany. Volkswagen brand boss Ralf Brandstatter was present to watch the cars emerge from the production line. While the Volkswagen ID.4 will go on sale in international markets late next month, its India launch is expected by 2021.
Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV production begins
VW India is expected to bring the EV to India in 2021
To be priced higher than the current crop of EVs in India
Slightly larger than say a Hyundai Tucson or Volkswagen’s Tiguan, the VW ID.4 is 4,592mm long, 1,852mm wide and 1,629mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,765mm – these details, along with undisguised images of the all-electric SUV were released via leaked VW filings to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
Brandstätter had stated earlier that initially the ID.4 will be sold with a single electric motor and rear-wheel drive, with a more powerful twin-motor, four-wheel drive layout will be offered within the first 12 months of sales.
The Volkswagen I.D. Crozz concept that was showcased at February’s Auto Expo had an 83kWh lithium-ion battery. A 102hp/140Nm electric motor at the front and a 204hp/310Nm electric motor at the rear deliver a combined 306hp and 450Nm of torque. VW claimed a 500km range on a single charge and a top speed limited to 180kph. Expect this powertrain to power the more expensive versions of the all-electric SUV. Meanwhile, the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 is expected to just have the 204hp/310Nm electric motor.
Fast-charging will allow the battery pack to be charged to 80 percent within 30min on a 125-150kW system.
The VW ID.4 will be a niche product considering electric cars in India are relatively costly and the charging infrastructure is yet to fully develop.
Currently, there are just four all-electric models on sale in India – the Tata Tigor EV (Rs 12.59-12.91 lakh), Nexon EV (Rs 13.99-15.99 lakh), Hyundai’s Kona Electric (Rs 23.72 lakh) and the MG ZS EV (Rs 20.88-23.58 lakh). Volkswagen’s ID.4 will be priced higher than the aforementioned models when it arrives sometime next year.