The Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV, while competent, has faced stiff competition from other EV SUVs like the Tesla Model Y, Hyundai, and Kia offerings, partly due to its relatively lower range. Previously, the ID.4 had a maximum range of 275 miles, exclusively for the rear-wheel-drive Pro model, which dropped to 245 miles for the all-wheel-drive Pro S variant. In terms of range figures, this placed the ID.4 below the Tesla Model 3 and even the Chevy Bolt.
However, Volkswagen is set to address this limitation, along with a substantial power boost, as announced in a recent press release. While specific range numbers for the 2024 ID.4 are not yet available, Volkswagen stated that “EPA-estimated ranges for the 2024 ID.4 will be available closer to market introduction.” The battery will retain its 82 kWh capacity, similar to previous models.
One notable improvement is a significant increase in power. The 2024 ID.4 will feature a revamped powertrain and electric motors, enhancing efficiency and range. The previous model, introduced for the 2021 model year, produced 201 horsepower for the single-motor version and 295 horsepower for the AWD version with two motors. The 2024 model boasts 282 horsepower for the rear-wheel-drive model and approximately 330 horsepower for the all-wheel-drive variants.
Additionally, the ID.4’s assembly in Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant is expected to make it eligible for a $7,500 tax rebate, as eligibility criteria consider battery sourcing and vehicle assembly origin. While Volkswagen has not disclosed pricing details, it is worth noting that the 2023 ID.4 “Standard” trim starts at $38,995. Even a modest increase in range, combined with the substantial horsepower gains, is likely to be well-received by consumers.