2024 Volkswagen ID.4, ID.5 and ID.3 electrical automobile roll-out detailed for Australia


After a stalled begin, German big Volkswagen is making ready to hit the accelerator with the launch of three electrical vehicles within the house of 12 months.

Volkswagen Australia is making ready to introduce a variety of recent electrical vehicles from the tip of subsequent 12 months – the 2024 Volkswagen ID.4, ID.5 and ID.3 – after a delayed begin that positioned our market 4 years behind Europe.

The primary of Volkswagen’s ID battery-electric vehicles went on sale in Europe in 2020, and the vary has since expanded to a household of 4 (quickly to be 5) fashions – the ID.3 hatchback, ID.4 and ID.5 mid-size SUVs, and upcoming ID. Buzz individuals mover and cargo van.

Nevertheless, Volkswagen Australia says a mixture of restricted provide and excessive demand means ID electrical vehicles had been prioritised for markets like Europe, the place automobile makers face monetary penalties for lacking strict emissions targets – rules which don’t but exist in Australia.

After an extended delay, Australia is slated to step off the sidelines subsequent 12 months, with the launch of the primary two ID fashions: the Tiguan-sized ID.4 mid-size SUV, and its sportier ‘coupe-styled’ sibling, the ID.5.

Set to comply with in 2024 is the smaller ID.3 electrical hatch – the dual to VW Group sister model Cupra’s Born electrical automobile, due subsequent 12 months – and at a later date, if it is given the inexperienced gentle, the Kombi-inspired ID. Buzz individuals mover.

Volkswagen Australia says manufacturing of the ID.4 and ID.5 is at the moment anticipated to start round October subsequent 12 months, which might correlate to first deliveries early in 2024.

Nevertheless, the corporate says it’s working to carry the beginning of manufacturing ahead to the center of 2023, with a view to get the primary vehicles into native showrooms earlier than the tip of the 12 months – although that is but to be finalised.

Pricing and specs for these autos are but to be introduced, nevertheless a VW Australia spokesperson advised Drive there are “various choices obtainable” to the model, throughout a number of battery packs, electrical motor outputs and commonplace function ranges.

Count on the vary to concentrate on better-equipped fashions with the most important battery packs obtainable, which in Europe ship as much as a claimed 540km of vary in rear-wheel-drive kind.

A stripped-back, short-range base mannequin to carry down the bottom value received’t be supplied, as such a mannequin “wouldn’t match our prospects’ expectations of what a Volkswagen presents”, a spokesperson advised Drive.

Costs within the UK begin as little as £37,000 ($AU64,200) – equal to a low- to mid-range Tiguan household SUV, priced from about $47,000 drive-away in Australia.

In the meantime, high-grade fashions value as much as £55,000 ($AU95,000), or 5 per cent greater than a Tiguan R flagship, which is about $76,500 drive-away right here.

These costs apply to the ID.4 vary; choosing the sportier ID.5 – which differs with a sloping roofline from the center B-pillar again, although with an identical rear doorways – prices about £500 ($AU900) additional.

Obtainable above the core ID.4 and ID.5 ranges are flagship GTX variants (ID.5 GTX above), with twin motors, 220kW, 470km of driving vary, and 0-100km/h instances of 6.2 seconds – in comparison with one motor, 150kW, 500km of vary, and an 8.5-second dash time in commonplace fashions.

These fashions might be optioned as much as £59,000 ($AU102,500) – pointing to an area value above $85,000 drive-away, or on par with a much less potent (however longer-range) Kia EV6 GT-Line rear-wheel drive.

Volkswagen Australia says these variants could be “fascinating” – given the relative reputation of high-performance Volkswagens in Australia – nevertheless native launches haven’t been locked in.

Following the ID.4 and ID.5 into showrooms in late 2023 or early 2024 – relying on whether or not the beginning of manufacturing date is introduced ahead – is ready to be the smaller ID.3 hatchback, anticipated to reach in Australia someday in 2024.

The earmarked 2024 launch date is ready to see Volkswagen Australia launch the ID.3 after its mid-life facelift – arriving 4 years into its life cycle, having gone on sale in Europe in mid-2020.

The Volkswagen ID.3 might be crushed to market by its twin from the VW Group’s Cupra model, generally known as the Born, which is due in showrooms in early 2023.

Fewer particulars of specs are recognized for the ID.3 than its taller siblings, nevertheless anticipate the most important battery packs and most potent electrical motors obtainable globally to be supplied regionally, providing as much as 550km of driving vary.

It stays to be seen how the ID.3 might be differentiated from its Cupra twin, given the Born can also be slated to launch with the most important battery (77kWh) obtainable – and a single 170kW electrical motor, which is extra highly effective than the flagship 150kW motor supplied within the Volkswagen.

Costs for the Cupra have been indicated to begin within the excessive $50,000s, or low $60,000s; although it’s unclear if this vary consists of or excludes on-road prices.

Volkswagen is positioned half a step above Cupra within the Group’s hierarchy, with the German model’s petrol-powered fashions a number of thousand {dollars} dearer for related efficiency and options – suggesting top-of-the-range ID.3s will break previous $60,000 earlier than on-road prices.

Though not confirmed for Australia, VW Australia has proven curiosity within the electrical revival of the traditional Kombi, the ID. Buzz electrical van and other people mover vary – underpinned by the identical ‘MEB’ devoted electrical platform as the opposite ID fashions.

Whereas the ID. Buzz is due on sale in Europe inside the coming months from a German manufacturing unit – and within the US in 2024, in long-wheelbase, seven-seat kind inbuilt America – a launch in Australia has not been locked in.

Nevertheless, it is unlikely to kind a part of the preliminary wave of Volkswagen ID launches in Australia.

The ID household will broaden within the coming years to the ID.7 (or ID.6) sedan, previewed in idea kind final month, and a small €20,000 ($AU) electrical automobile, anticipated to put on the ID.1 or ID.2 badge.

These fashions have but to be locked in for Australia – and aren’t even due in European showrooms till the tip of 2023, and someday in 2025 respectively.

Volkswagen’s sister manufacturers in Australia, Skoda and Cupra, have introduced related electric-car roll-out plans as a result of begin as early as the primary few months of subsequent 12 months.

Skoda’s first devoted electrical automobile, the Enyaq iV medium SUV (under), is ready to open for orders in Australia within the second half of 2023, forward of a begin of manufacturing earlier than the tip of subsequent 12 months, and first Australian arrivals in 2024.

Each conventional ‘wagon’ and sportier ‘Coupe’ physique types might be launched in Australia, on the similar time – twins to the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5 respectively.

In the meantime, new-for-Australia model Cupra is planning to start constructing its first electrical automobile, the Born electrical hatchback, for Australia later this 12 months, forward of first showroom arrivals early subsequent 12 months.

Volkswagen ID tech spec deep dive

With a shared MEB electrical platform beneath the pores and skin, there’s quite a bit in frequent between the Volkswagen ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 and ID. Buzz beneath the sheetmetal.

A spread of electrical powertrains are frequent throughout the trio:

Mannequin designation Battery dimension, usable (complete) Motor output 0-100km/h time WLTP vary (approx.)
ID.3 Pure Efficiency 45kWh (55kWh) 110kW/310Nm 8.9s 348km
ID.4 Pure 52kWh (62kWh) 109kW/220Nm 10.9s 343km
ID.4 Pure Efficiency 52kWh (62kWh) 125kW/310Nm 9.0s 343km
ID.3 Professional 58kWh (62kWh) 107kW/310Nm 9.6s 425km
ID.3 Professional Efficiency 58kWh (62kWh) 150kW/310Nm 7.3s 425km
ID.4, ID.5 Professional 77kWh (82kWh) 128kW/310Nm 10.4s 512-544km
ID.4, ID.5 Professional Efficiency 77kWh (82kWh) 150kW/310Nm 8.4-8.5s 515km
ID.3 Professional S 77kWh (82kWh) 150kW/310Nm 7.9s 548km
ID.4, ID.5 GTX 77kWh (82kWh) 220kW/460Nm 6.2-6.3s 500-512km

In Europe, the ID. Buzz individuals mover will launch with the 150kW/310Nm electrical motor and 77kWh battery, providing as much as 424km of claimed vary.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about vehicles since 2017, when he began his personal web site, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, earlier than becoming a member of CarAdvice in 2019, turning into a daily contributing journalist inside the information group in 2020.

Automobiles have performed a central position all through Alex’s life, from flicking by way of automobile magazines as a younger age, to rising up round efficiency autos in a car-loving household.

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