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Volkswagen ID 4 EV India Debut Scheduled for 2023

From August to September this year, Volkswagen will begin testing the ID.4 electric crossover in India with a few imported units.

With the launch of the Volkswagen Virtus, the brand’s India 2.0 project is now complete, and electrification is next on the agenda. The VW ID.4 electric crossover will be the vehicle that introduces the EV sub-brand to India, with a 2023 launch date confirmed. We first reported on the ID.4’s upcoming launch in India in 2020.

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  • Volkswagen to begin testing ID.4 in India by September
  • Will be launched in India in limited numbers in 2023
  • ID.4 gets range of up to 520km on WLTP cycle

Volkswagen ID.4: Limited Number of CBU Imports

Volkswagen India’s volume will be generated by the Taigun and Virtus, but the brand also has a large global portfolio. With India’s growing interest in electric vehicles, the ID brand seems like a logical next step.

“This year, in August or September, you’ll start seeing the ID.4 on Indian roads, which we’ll be bringing for testing purposes, and that will lead to a launch in limited numbers next year,” Ashish Gupta, brand director, Volkswagen India, told Autocar India.

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Volkswagen India has had success with this strategy in the past. Models like the Tiguan AllSpace and T-Roc were brought in as CBU imports in limited quantities, and they were quickly sold out. In fact, Kia has taken a similar EV strategy, importing the EV6 flagship in limited numbers first, followed by more affordable, locally assembled models.

However, Gupta admits that EV mass production will have to wait until the second half of the decade. “The supply chain is simply not there in India,” he said. Even if you start today, establishing that localized supplier base will take three to four years. That is, of course, the ultimate goal, but there are a few steps to get there.”

Volkswagen will use the ID4 as a testbed not only for the product, but also to assess the electric ecosystem as well as its own internal and external operations in order to establish a viable business case for EVs. Only then will the company be able to move forward with local assembly and then full localization.

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What is The Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle?

The Volkswagen ID.4 was unveiled globally in September 2020, and it is essentially a production version of the I.D. Crozz concept, which was shown in India at the 2020 Auto Show. The ID.4 is an all-electric vehicle based on VW’s modular MEB platform with a skateboard architecture, which also serves as the foundation for the upcoming Skoda Enyaq iV.

With full-width light bars and sleek LED headlamps and taillamps, the ID4 has a futuristic appearance. Steeply raked A-pillars, a strong shoulder line, and generous body cladding all around define it. The electric SUV is roughly the same size as the Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace.

The interior of the ID.4 is minimalistic. The majority of functions are controlled via a centrally mounted touchscreen, and there is no protruding central tunnel, as is typical of born-electric vehicles. To contribute to the cause of sustainability, the ID.4’s upholstery is made of man-made leather. Click here for more information on the ID.4’s exterior and interior.

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The ID.4 is available in two different specifications around the world. The rear-wheel drive ID.4 has a single motor that produces 204hp and 310Nm, as well as a 77kWh battery that can deliver a 520km range on the WLTP cycle. A dual-motor, all-wheel-drive GTX version with 299hp and a range of 480km is also available, powered by the same 77kWh battery. We’re likely to get the latter, as Gupta stated that he is considering bringing in the top-spec model.

What else does Volkswagen have Planned for India?

Apart from the ID.4, Volkswagen is looking into bringing other models to India as CBU imports. “On the performance side, there’s the Golf GTI and the Polo GTI, and there are customers who love these models,” Gupta said. I’d like to investigate these models further so that our customers can benefit from them. Even on the SUV front, the Touareg might be able to be imported in limited numbers. These are the things I’m considering in order to keep our customers interested in our brand.”

While they may be a long way off, Volkswagen is clearly looking to expand its India portfolio with models from its global lineup, even if only in small numbers via CBU imports.

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