Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV expected be launched in India in 2023, testing begins Q3 2022
Along the sidelines of the launch of the Volkswagen Virtus, the German carmaker announced it may launch its first electric car in India in 2023. This will be the Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV, based on the MEB architecture.
Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV India launch
Volkswagen will begin testing the ID.4 in Indian conditions in September, since the EV is a global offering not specifically developed for the Indian market. Post the testing phase, the ID.4 will be brought in as a CBU under the 2,500-unit non-homologation clause. The company is still uncertain of the total number of units it will be able to bring in given the current supply constraints plaguing carmakers globally. The company will test out the market for its EVs in India through this route before it decides on any local assembly plans.
Separately, Skoda-VW is also working with Mahindra to test the viability of its MEB componentry on Mahindra's upcoming born electric SUVs.
Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV range, better, charging, specifications, expected price
The Volkswagen ID.4 is available with two battery options globally, a 52 kWh and a 77 kWh pack. The 77 kWh is powered by a 204PS and 310 Nm motor that lets the SUV do 0 to 100 kmph in 8.5s and gives it a 522 km WLTP range. The smaller 52 kWh battery pack can be had with either a 148PS/220 Nm or a 170PS/310 Nm motor good for up to 346 km range. A dual motor variant is also available with 265PS and 517 km range.
The ID.4 can charge at up to 11 kW with AC current while DC fast charging speeds go up to 125 kW which can add 320 km of range in 30 minutes.
Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV expected price, rivals
When launched in India, the Volkswagen ID.4 should be priced at around Rs 50 to 55 lakh in India.It will rival the likes of the Kia EV6 as well as the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5. Another contender could be its twin, the Skoda Enyaq iV.
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