This week, Canadian production of the 2023MY ID.4 has finally begun at Volkswagen’s factory in Chattanooga, TN, and the first units of the all-electric crossover will arrive before the year is out.
The 2023 ID.4 is described as being “more accessible, more advanced, and more comfortable”, built on Volkswagen’s MEB electric vehicle architecture. With a new, 62 kWh battery that offers 336 km of estimated range, prospective drivers will now benefit from a lower-priced ID.4 entry option at $43,995 MSRP, $1,000 less than the starting price for the 2022 models, which were quickly sold out.
In addition to the Standard base model, the ID.4 is offered in two Pro versions with an 82-kWh battery. The ID.4 Pro with rear-wheel drive offers a range of 443 km, while the four-wheel drive version offers 410 km.
The 2023 ID.4 will also include new standard technology, including Park Assist Plus with Memory Parking and a 12-inch infotainment display that responds to voice and touch commands. Volkswagen’s advanced IQ.DRIVE® driver assistance suite will also be standard on every ID.4 model.
From a style perspective, the 2023 model has received a luxurious upgrade with gloss black highlights across the front bumpers, three new wheel designs and, on the S models, new 20-inch rims. The S models will also be adorned with an illuminated rear VW emblem and an exterior premium lighting package that includes premium LED headlights.
On Standard models, the dash boasts new stitching in addition to new mélange fabric and leatherette seat side bolsters, with two trim colours available: Stone or Nutmeg. On all S models, two new curated leatherette interiors are also offered to achieve an “upscale ambience”, giving drivers the choice between Galaxy (black leatherette seat inserts paired with platinum gray accents) or Cosmic finishes (gray leatherette seat inserts matched with blue accents).
In terms of charging, the ID.4 Standard offers a fast DC charging speed of 140 kW, while the Pro models offer a fast DC charging speed of 170 kW. To put this in perspective, this should allow all ID.4 Pro models to go from 10- to 80-percent charge via DC fast charging in approximately 30 minutes.
The Chattanooga, TN plant where the ID.4 is being assembled is part of a further US$800 million investment in the US market – an important move for the German automaker as it looks to produce enough ID.4s to finally meet consumer demand and solidify it’s North American EV strategy.