Every carmaker is attempting to introduce at least one electric vehicle (EV) to the Indian market, and Volkswagen appears to be the most recent entrant in the EV space. “This year, in August or September, you’ll start seeing the ID4 on Indian roads, which we’ll be bringing in for testing purposes”, Ashish Gupta, brand director of Volkswagen India, told Autocar India.
Volkswagen is expected to offer the ID4 as a CBU-only vehicle, similar to the Kia EV6. Skoda, however, has begun testing its Enyaq EV in India. According to the company, the ID4 will be released in the middle of 2023. The ID4 will serve as a testbed for the company’s future electric vehicle initiatives in India. However, Gupta believes that the widespread manufacture of electric vehicles will not be possible until the second half of this decade.
Volkswagen ID4 EV Features
The Volkswagen ID4 has a mid-sized SUV stance and is built on the company’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform. The interiors of the vehicle, which are based on the ID platform, are fairly minimalistic, with animal-free materials utilised in the construction. LED headlights and taillights, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, voice commands, a multi-function steering wheel, keyless entry and go, and ambient lighting are all standard on the car.
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The regular ID4 has a 204hp engine that produces 310Nm torque and can accelerate the SUV from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in just 8.5 seconds. On a single charge, the 77kWh battery provides 520km of driving range. Both AC and DC fast charging are supported by the vehicle.
We predict the ID4 to cost around ₹65 lakhs in India because it would be sold as a CBU. However, there is no word on which variant will be sold in India.