- vw has released details on both the 2022 id.4 and the 2023 model that will begin production in the u.s. later this year.
- the 2022 model will have a higher epa range estimate and a few new features.
- eventually vw aims to sell a cheaper version of the id.4 with a smaller battery pack that will start at around $35,000.
vw's id.4 electric suv is entering its second model year with a few changes, including increased range and a few new features to improve charging. volkswagen has also confirmed that it will begin building id.4 models in the u.s. later this year and detailed some differences between the current europe-built vehicles and the 2023 id.4 models that will soon be built at vw's plant in chattanooga, tennessee. vw of america ceo scott keogh also said that the company aims to eventually launch a cheaper version of the id.4 with a smaller battery pack that will start at around $35,000.
for now, prices are up by $765 across the board for the 2022 vw id.4, ranging from $41,955 for a rear-wheel-drive pro model up to $50,135 for an all-wheel-drive pro s model. the 1st edition trim from the 2021 id.4 is gone and the powertrain remains the same, with rwd models having a single electric motor producing 201 hp and awd models upping that number to 295 hp thanks to its dual motors.
vw hasn't said exactly how much more range the update will provide but claims that epa figures will be higher than the current estimates of between 240 miles and 260 miles on a charge, depending on trim. 2022 models also receive a more powerful onboard charger that's able to charge at 135 kilowatts, up from 125 kilowatts, at dc fast-charging stations. an over-the-air update is coming later this year that will also introduce an auto-hold feature and a plug & charge system that makes it easier to charge at vw's electrify america fast-charging stations.
after building id.4 models only in germany so far, vw will start up production of the id.4 in the u.s. later this year. the u.s.-built cars will arrive for the 2023 model year and will feature some differences from the current models according to keogh. the battery pack will come from supplier ski rather than lg, although it will have similar chemistry, and the center console will be revised to be more "american-style," though we're not exactly sure what that means.
keogh said vw would initially keep pricing the same for u.s.-built 2023 id.4 models but did claim that a cheaper id.4 is in the works. this entry-level model will have a smaller battery pack, meaning it will offer less range, but will start around $35,000. the company won't say when this new trim will arrive but we think it could go on sale sometime in 2023.