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Volkswagen ID Four EV India launch confirmed for 2023 | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Volkswagen will begin testing the ID.Four electrical crossover in India with a few imported models from August-September this 12 months.

With the Volkswagen Virtus launch having lastly taken place, the model’s India 2.zero undertaking is full for now, and subsequent on the playing cards is electrification. The VW ID.Four electrical crossover would be the automotive to introduce the EV sub-brand to India, and it has now been confirmed for a 2023 launch. We had damaged the information in regards to the ID.4’s India launch again in 2020. 

  • Volkswagen to start testing ID.Four in India by September
  • Shall be launched in India in restricted numbers in 2023
  • ID.Four will get vary of as much as 520km on WLTP cycle

Volkswagen ID.4: CBU import in restricted numbers

Whereas the Taigun and Virtus can be producing the volumes for Volkswagen India, the model additionally has an expansive international portfolio. With the elevated curiosity in EVs in India, the ID model looks like a logical plan of action.

Chatting with Autocar India, Ashish Gupta, model director, Volkswagen India, mentioned, “This 12 months, in August or September, you’ll begin seeing the ID.Four on Indian roads, which we can be bringing for testing functions, and that may result in a launch in restricted numbers subsequent 12 months.”

This technique has labored effectively for Volkswagen India prior to now. Fashions such because the Tiguan AllSpace and the T-Roc have been introduced in as CBU imports in restricted numbers, and have been additionally bought out fairly rapidly. Actually, Kia has adopted the same EV technique, importing the EV6 flagship in restricted numbers first, with extra inexpensive, domestically assembled fashions within the pipeline.

Nevertheless, Gupta acknowledges that mass-production of EVs can solely occur within the second half of the last decade. He mentioned, “The provision chain is simply not there in India. Even in case you begin at present, for anyone to arrange that localised provider base, it’s a three- to four-year undertaking. That, in fact, is the tip purpose, however to achieve that finish, there are a number of steps earlier than that.”

Volkswagen will thus be utilizing the ID4 as a testbed, not only for the product itself, but additionally to judge the electrical ecosystem and its personal inside and exterior operations to make a viable enterprise case for EVs. Solely then can the model finally transfer to native meeting after which full localisation.

What’s the Volkswagen ID.Four EV?

The Volkswagen ID.Four was globally revealed in September 2020 and is actually a manufacturing model of I.D. Crozz idea that was even showcased in India on the 2020 Auto Expo. The ID.Four is a born electrical car, based mostly on VW’s modular MEB platform with a skateboard structure, which additionally underpins the upcoming Skoda Enyaq iV.

The ID4 wears a really futuristic look with full-width mild bars and glossy LED headlamps and back lights. It’s characterised by steeply raked A-pillars, a powerful shoulder line and beneficiant physique cladding throughout. When it comes to measurement, the electrical SUV suits someplace between the Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace.

The ID.Four has a minimalistic inside design. Most capabilities are managed through a centrally mounted touchscreen, and typical of born-electric automobiles, there’s no protruding central tunnel. The ID.Four additionally makes use of man-made leather-based for its upholstery to additional the reason for sustainability. For extra particulars on the ID.4’s exterior and inside, click on right here.

Globally, the ID.Four is on the market in two specs. The only motor, rear-wheel drive ID.Four produces 204hp and 310Nm, and comes with a 77kWh battery that may ship a 520km vary on the WLTP cycle. There’s additionally a twin motor, all-wheel drive GTX model that produces 299hp and has a variety of 480km from the identical 77kWh battery. It’s possible we’ll get the latter, as Gupta did point out he’s taking a look at bringing within the top-spec model.

What else is on Volkswagen’s radar for India?

Other than the ID.4, Volkswagen can also be taking a look at different fashions that may be delivered to India as CBU import. Gupta mentioned, “On the efficiency facet, there’s the Golf GTI, the Polo GTI, and there are clients who’re followers of those fashions. I might positively prefer to discover these fashions to present our clients the chance to have them. Even on the SUV facet, possibly the Touareg could be introduced right here in restricted volumes. These are the issues I’m taking a look at to maintain the purchasers engaged with our model.”

Whereas they might nonetheless be a while away, Volkswagen is clearly trying to diversify its India portfolio with fashions from its international vary, even when in restricted numbers through CBU imports.

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