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Volkswagen’s new US-made ID.4 starts at $37,495 with small battery

A blue VW ID.4 driving over a bridge
Enlarge / An ID.4 crosses a bridge in Chattanooga. Native manufacturing of the electrical crossover has enabled a less expensive model with a smaller battery.

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Final yr, Ars visited Volkswagen’s factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the place the corporate was making ready to start native manufacturing of its ID.4 electrical crossover. That manufacturing facility is now in control, and VW is making good on its promise to make a less expensive ID.4, made doable by a smaller battery pack.

It’s a tried-and-true approach by automakers, as the upper margins on better-equipped fashions assist offset the excessive prices of placing a brand new mannequin into manufacturing.

The brand new mannequin is named the ID.4 Normal, and it retains the identical 201-hp (150-kW) electrical motor driving the rear wheels because the ID.4 Professional or the ID.4 First Version we tested in April 2021. However as an alternative of that automobile’s 82 kWh pack, the ID.4 Normal makes do with a 62 kWh pack (gross capability—sadly, VW hasn’t shared internet capability).

That cuts the EV’s value by $5,000 in comparison with the ID.4 Professional, so the ID.4 Normal begins at $37,495 earlier than the $7,500 federal tax credit score or different incentives. However a smaller battery means a shorter vary, in fact, so the ID.4 Normal makes do with an EPA vary estimate of 208 miles (335 km) in comparison with 275 miles (443 km) for the ID.4 Professional.

The ID.4 Standard has a new cloth and leatherette interior.
Enlarge / The ID.4 Normal has a brand new material and leatherette inside.

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The smaller battery pack can also be accessible within the ID.4 S trim, which begins at $42,495 earlier than tax credit and options extra normal tools like powered seats, a panoramic roof, and LED headlights. Nonetheless, there does not look like an choice to get the smaller battery pack with an AWD twin-motor powertrain.

However for mannequin yr 2023, all ID.4s have had some styling tweaks, extra superior driver help methods, and a 12-inch infotainment display screen. (We’ll must spend time with one to see if it stays as laggy because the infotainment in earlier ID.4s.)

VW says that Chattanooga-assembled ID.4s must be in dealerships this fall.

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