VW South Africa has confirmed that the all-electric ID.4 will arrive in the country in 2022.
“The ID.4 will be in South African from next year,” said the company. “We will no longer be bringing the ID.3, but the ID.4.”
According to VW, the ID.4 is the company’s first all-electric SUV – and it’s entering the world’s largest market segment: the compact SUV class.
The German starting price for this model comes in at €36,950, which equates to roughly R632,000 using current exchange rates.
What to expect
The local specifications of the VW ID.4 are currently not confirmed, meaning we have to look at other markets for a picture of what to expect.
In Europe, the ID.4 is sold in one of nine pre-configured trims – Pure, City, Style, Pro, Life, Business, Family, Tech, and Max.
The Pure, City, and Style variants are fitted with a 52kWh battery, which provides 109kW or 125kW of power – depending on the model.
The rest of the line-up receives a 77kWh battery as standard, with a maximum power output of 150kW and a driving range of up to 522km.
The long-wheelbase architecture of the vehicle creates a spacious interior, while the body has been designed with a low drag coefficient to increase efficiency.
Cabin amenities include a touch display of up to 12 inches, voice control, online connectivity, and ID. Light – an intelligent 54-LED lighting system that works with voice commands.
An augmented reality heads-up-display is available as an optional extra, too.
Standard in all variants is the Discover Pro navigation system, which supports 3D map navigation, film playback, online music streaming, Bluetooth, and smartphone mirroring.
This system, along with several other ID. features, can be updated by the customer via over-the-air software updates – as the ID. vehicle’s software and hardware were designed within an entirely new architecture.