Bigger Range, Faster Shipping, $765 Raise

As we wait to reveal the reboot of Volkswagen’s production-associated electric microbus, the VW ID.4 electric SUV is picking up pace from the start of slow deliveries here, and with a second model year, it is poised to realize mass-market potential against petrol models like the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR- V.

As was hinted a few weeks ago, with details first revealed for overseas versions, 2022 US models will get Plug and Charge – eliminating a step in fast charging on the side of the road – as well as an improvement for 135 kW DC fast charging. Volkswagen previously said the ID.4 peaked at around 125 kW.

VW also says that 2022 will offer an automatic parking brake suspension feature. Both that and Plug and Charge will be delivered as part of a remote update soon.

Volkswagen ID.4 Prototype - California, December 2020

Volkswagen ID.4 Prototype – California, December 2020

Volkswagen now says it also expects to improve its EPA-rated range for 2022 — versus current ratings of 240 miles to 260 miles, depending on the version.

The ID.4 otherwise returns for 2022 with an 82 kWh battery pack for the entire range. The single-engine rear-wheel drive versions produce 201 horsepower, while the two-motor all-wheel drive versions produce 295 horsepower.

Including the mandatory destination fee of $1,195, the 2022 VW ID.4 engine starts at $41,955 for the ID.4 Pro, or $45,635 for the Pro AWD model. Pro versions of ID.4 include a 10.0-inch touchscreen system with HD navigation radio, seven speakers and audio controls, plus wireless charging and 4 USB-C ports. It also includes a full set of active safety components, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4

2021 Volkswagen ID.4

Pro S versions, priced at $46,455 with rear-wheel drive or $50,135 for a Pro S AWD, add sporty trim as well as projector headlights, illuminated logo, puddle lights, panoramic fixed glass roof, ambient interior lighting, and leather upholstery. Industrial, a larger 12.0-inch infotainment screen, larger 20-inch wheels (versus 19), memory settings and more adjustability for the front seats. You can also add a $1,500 Gradient Package on the Pro S, which has been upgraded to a black roof with silver accents and 20-inch alloy wheels.

as our companion site Cars Direct It reported that Volkswagen is shifting some orders from 2021 to 2022, but is sending affected buyers a customer support bonus code that exactly equals the price hike amount for 2021 – $765. So they can get a 2022 model at the same price. Customers will need to show this code at the time of sale.

VW will continue to include three years of 30-minute DC fast charging sessions in Electrify America with all new IDs.

Construction of the first 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 validation completed at the Chattanooga plant

Construction of the first 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 validation completed at the Chattanooga plant

Deliveries of US-built ID.4 models are expected to begin in Chattanooga by the fall, with a base 62 kWh model starting at around $36,000 including destination, possibly due before the end of the year. Both models are now listed for the 2023 model year.

The arrival of this lower priced version may dampen some of the competition. A base version of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 will arrive around May, priced at just $40,925. The Nissan Ariya 2022, due to arrive this spring, will start at around $40,000. However, only last week GM confirmed a $30,000 Chevrolet Equinox EV will arrive in 2023, so competition is fierce.

Ford recently boosted sticker prices on the Mach-E by a significant amount compared to the 2021 models — although it also received a range increase with the new model year.

Collectively, they might give Tesla some competition. By the end of 2021, Tesla raised the price of the Model Y by $17,000 versus earlier in the year.

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