Volkswagen has confirmed that the ID.4 has received news that seeks to make the German SUV a more competitive proposal. Some changes involve the installation of new engines, a significant increase in power, and improvements in equipment.
It has not been an easy road for the ID.4. Initially, the German model has been affected by the pandemic-related closures and lockdowns. Then, just when things seemed to be looking up, bottlenecks in the supply of components such as semiconductors, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, further delayed deliveries. All this is seasoned with criticism of real range, interior quality, and the improvable layout of the controls of a model that moves in a segment with great competition.
Now, after a change in the direction of the included brand, Volkswagen seeks to straighten sales and the image of the ID.4 with substantial improvements such as the arrival of a new propulsion system as well as other revisions related to the electrical management system.
The ID.4 receives an improved interior with a larger 12.9-inch central touch screen, which is a substantial improvement on the current one and integrates many of the hitherto physical controls. It also features new lighting for the touch-sensitive sliders that control audio volume and climate control and a revamped steering wheel.
New Volkswagen ID.4: The engines and more charging power
But without a doubt, the most significant change is found in the engine proposal. At the moment the novelties apply only to the versions with a 77 kWh battery, which in the case of the rear-wheel drive variant, sees how the power increases from 204 to 282 CV.
For its part, the Pro 4Motion version, with four-wheel drive, sees how its system increases its power by 50 CV, now reaching 295 CV. Something that inevitably pushes the sportier variant, is the GTX, which goes from 299 to 335 CV.
According to Volkswagen, the engine’s power increase is achieved in part by a revision of the rotor and coil designs and a new liquid heat sink, which is intended to reduce heat buildup during extended operation at constant throttle. That is, at the moment there is no data on the improvement of acceleration.
The ID 4 Pro Performance retains its 77 kWh battery, but it too has been revised. This receives a new cargo management system that allows it to be pre-conditioned (cooled or heated) through the Route Planner function integrated into the navigator.
Fast charging power has also been increased from 135 kW to 175 kW on all-wheel-drive versions. The versions of an engine at the moment remain as they were.
Now it remains to be seen whether or not these novelties are accompanied by an increase in their prices. U ID.4 that in Spain starts at 51,955 euros for the Pro version, 128 kW, 77 kWh, and 526 km of WLTP range, for 60,720 euros for the GTX variant, 220 kW, 77 kWh, and 501 km WLTP.
Some changes for the moment have been applied in the United States market, and we await confirmation from Volkswagen to find out when they will be carried out in Europe.