Volkswagen unveils interior of ID.4
Volkswagen has released pictures and information on its ID.4 model, the brand’s first all-electric SUV, which will go on sale before the end of the year.
The electric SUV’s interior is described by the company as “a modern, feelgood lounge” and will feature background lighting and sustainable materials. The ID.4 exemplifies what EV interiors will look like, thanks to a compact electric drive that results in a spacious cabin. Klaus Zyciora, head of Volkswagen Group design, described the ID.4 as “freedom on the outside, free space on the inside.”
freedom on the outside, free space on the inside.– Klaus Zyciora, Head of Volkswagen Group design
The ID.4 has large doors, so that entry is easy, and the doors are fitted with handles that lie flush with the body and can be unlocked electrically. The seats are set high – as befits an SUV – while the rear seat bench is said to offer as much space as that of a conventional SUV in the next largest segment. Bootspace isn’t in short supply, either: the luggage compartment has a volume of 543 litres with the rear seats in an upright position.
Volkswagen describes the ID.4’s interior design as underlining the sense of space, appearing flowing and lightweight, and focusing on the essential. The dashboard seems to float, as it is not linked to a centre console that has been designed as an independent component, while there’s an optional, tilting full-length glass sunroof. Background lighting also comes in 30 colours that the driver can choose from.
Also featured in the ID.4’s interior is ID. Light, a new feature in all ID. Models. This light strip, positioned below the windscreen, supports drivers in a host of situations with intuitive lighting effects in different colours. So the ID. Light can signal to the driver that the vehicle’s drive system is active, or that the car has been unlocked or locked. It also accentuates information issued by the driver assist and navigation systems, and can also signal braking prompts and incoming phone calls, while blinking signifies a lane-change recommendation and can also warn the driver if their ID.4 is in the wrong lane.
The ID.4’s front seats have been designed to be sporty and comfortable, with some limited-edition early modes bearing the seal of approval by the German Campaign for Healthier Backs (AGR). They come with electrical adjustment options, pneumatic lumbar supports and built-in massage function. The seat covers are made from animal-free materials, constructed from a combination of leatherette and ArtVelours – a microfibre material that contains around 20 per cent recycled PET bottles.
Interior colours for the early limited-edition models include calm, sophisticated colours called Platinum Grey and Florence Brown, while the steering wheel, steering column, display housings and control panels in the doors are available in Piano Black or Electric White, the bright colour setting a futuristic highlight throughout the vehicle interior and underlining its clear-cut design.
The ID.4 is part of Volkswagen’s commitment to invest €11bn in electric mobility by 2024, as part of its Transform 2025+ strategy, and is the second model within the ID. range after the ID.3.
The ID.4 will celebrate its world premiere in October 2020.