Volkswagen will sell a less expensive ID.4 all-electric compact SUV with a smaller battery pack in an effort to draw buyers as rising inflation pressures drive up the cost of cars.
The company’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen factory was getting ready to start domestic manufacturing of its ID.4 electric crossover. Now that the factory is operating at full capacity, VW is delivering on its promise to produce a less expensive ID.4 thanks to a smaller battery pack.
It’s a tried-and-true strategy used by manufacturers, as the greater margins on models with superior equipment help offset the high production costs of a new model.
The ID.4 Standard, a new model, uses the same 201-hp (150-kW) electric motor that powers the ID.4 Pro or ID.4 First Edition that we evaluated in April 2021 to drive the rear wheels.The ID.4 Standard, however, only has a 62 kWh pack gross capacity; VW hasn’t given net capacity in place of that car’s 82 kWh pack.
The ID.4 Standard starts at $37,495 before the $7,500 federal tax credit or any incentives, which reduces the cost of the EV by $5,000 when compared to the ID.4 Pro. Since the ID.4 Standard’s battery is smaller than the ID.4 Pro’s, it has a shorter estimated EPA range of 208 miles (335 km), as opposed to the ID.4 Pro’s 275 miles (443 km).
A base model with a smaller 62 kWh battery would start at $37,495 before federal tax credits (and excluding the $1,295 destination cost), according to a statement from Volkswagen of America on Thursday. Standard trim, which is the base model, is around 6% less expensive than the corresponding trim level of the ID.4’s 2021 introduction.
The ID.4 S model, which starts at $42,495 before tax credits and includes additional standard options including motorized seats, a panoramic roof, and LED headlights, also offers the smaller battery pack. However, there doesn’t seem to be a way to combine an AWD twin-motor drivetrain with the smaller battery pack.
However, all ID.4s have received some aesthetic upgrades, more sophisticated driver assistance features, and a 12-inch touchscreen screen for model year 2023. VW claims that this fall should see the arrival of ID.4s made in Chattanooga.
As a result of the 2023 ID.4’s current production at the automaker’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, facility, prices have decreased even as some interior and external amenities have been improved. For example, a 12-inch touchscreen display that was previously only standard in the ID.4 SUV’s limited-run 1st Edition will now be standard across all grades.