New 2021 Volkswagen ID.4: all-electric SUV teased in revealing image

New all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV will be based on the MEB platform and will follow the new ID.3 hatchback into showrooms

A new teaser image of the upcoming, all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV has surfaced at the Guangzhou Motor Show, delivering our best look yet at VW’s upcoming rival for the Tesla Model Y. 

The new teaser image showcases the car in little more than a psychedelic wrap, strongly showcasing the final design of the SUV. There are clear nods to the ID.3 hatchback, as VW attempts to pen a brand new, coherent design language for its upcoming line-up of ID. badged electric cars.

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The finished product will arrive in UK showrooms by summer 2021, roughly 12 months after the firm’s new ID.3 goes on sale.

It will take on a more conventional look than the ID. Crozz concept, which first appeared at the Shanghai Auto Show in 2017, from which it takes its inspiration.

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The styling of Volkswagen’s teased ID.4 prototype hasn’t changed over our previously spied mule. The concept’s coupe-inspired rear liftback has been ditched in favour of a practical tailgate, while its missing B-pillars and wing mirrors have been reinstated.

Some of the concept’s design features have been retained, though. Volkswagen’s trademark “ID.” daytime running lights, LED headlights and blanked-off radiator grille feature relatively unchanged, as does the concept’s raked windscreen and rugged black plastic mouldings for the wheel arches and side skirts.

Given the modular nature of the MEB platform on which the ID.4 is based, Volkswagen could also offer the SUV with a range of drivetrain options. Less expensive variants may feature a single rear-mounted electric motor, two-wheel drive and smaller battery packs, while range-topping models will feature a second motor up front and four-wheel-drive.

The MEB architecture currently accommodates battery packs ranging from 45kWh to 77kWh in size, which translates to between roughly 200 and 300 miles of electric range.

The German brand is yet to officially announce the ID.4’s performance specifications, however, the ID. Crozz concept featured a pair of electric motors that provided a power output of 302bhp, a top speed of 112mph, and an all-electric range of 500km (311 miles).

Through the windows of our previously spied mule, we can make out a “floating” infotainment screen and a digital instrument cluster. The ID.3 hatchback will receive a similar system featuring both satellite navigation and voice control, which we expect will be transferred wholesale into the ID.4.

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