We bought our first look of the upcoming VW ID.4 at a non-public occasion last week, however now the automobile has proven up in public. Over the weekend, it was spotted by reddit consumer awang44 in a car parking zone for a public park in Foster Metropolis, California, only a few miles from VW’s Innovation and Engineering Center in Belmont.

Manufacturing solely began on the ID.4 last month in Germany, which makes this look in California fairly sudden, so this car is probably going a late pre-production prototype.

It seems to be almost similar to the preliminary manufacturing car from final month, minus some small modifications for US homologation (e.g., no “European-style” aspect blinkers).

Listed here are a number of extra of the pictures awang44 took of the automobile:

No large surprises or revelations right here, but it surely seems to be, effectively, good. About what you’d count on of a contemporary small crossover-style SUV, however fortunately with out the increased climate impact that the recognition of gasoline SUVs has introduced us.

The noticed ID.4 has producer (not vendor) plates, so it’s doubtless related to the close by VW engineering heart and final week’s introductory occasion for the car.

Many automakers have opened “know-how facilities” within the San Francisco Bay Space in recent times, hoping to draw the brightest minds within the tech business. The world can also be dwelling to an countless variety of transportation-related startups, from large to small. So it is sensible that automakers would need to have a presence within the space.

VW recently started deliveries of the ID.4’s cousin, the ID.3, in Europe. However they won’t be bringing the ID.3 to the US due to issues over reputation of a European-style hatchback, so it’s all concerning the “crossover-style” ID.4 right here.

The ID.4 is already proving in style, as VW’s “First Version” trim sold out almost immediately — although it’s a restricted model with only some thousand allotted to the US. The First Version is because of be delivered by the top of this 12 months, which is sort of quickly, so hopefully we’ll begin seeing extra vehicles in public as the top of the calendar attracts nearer.

The ID.4 “Professional” trim is priced at $39,995 earlier than incentives, which suggests it will likely be obtainable for nearer to $30k in lots of states. This model comes with an 82kWh battery pack and single 201hp/228lb-ft motor, with an EPA vary of 250 miles. VW says smaller-battery and higher-performance twin motor variations might be obtainable mid-2021.

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