VW’s on-line configurator for the ID.4 is out, and a brand new element has emerged concerning the automobile’s towing capabilities. It seems like all ID.4 fashions could have some towing functionality, with the RWD mannequin sporting 2,200lb capability and the AWD mannequin 2,700lbs. All fashions could have roof rails as a further exterior storage resolution.

The AWD mannequin shall be obtainable mid-2021 as a $3,680 improve, for a base value of $43,675 earlier than incentives.

The RWD and AWD fashions differ considerably in energy, with the RWD clocking in at 201hp whereas the AWD ought to put out round 300hp. This distinction in energy, together with elevated traction from an AWD drivetrain, ought to make the AWD extra succesful in towing conditions permitting it to have a better towing capability.

The configurator states that the ID.4’s tow capability ought to solely be used with a braked trailer however suggests a go to to the Proprietor’s Handbook (which isn’t but obtainable) for extra data:

Most tow score for braked trailer solely when geared up with applicable third-party trailer brake controller and factory-installed towing hitch. Automobile load, different equipment, and choices might scale back most towing capability. See car Proprietor’s Handbook for particulars.

This isn’t a very high-tow capability for American requirements, however on European automobiles a 1,000kg (2,200lb) tow capability is sort of frequent. There are numerous small trailers and caravans obtainable in Europe that fall below this capability. Even the Tesla Mannequin 3 can get a tow hitch in Europe, with a comparable 910kg capability. Although the ID.4’s tow capability, for both mannequin, is decrease than the more-directly-competing Mannequin Y’s 3,500lb capacity.

VW has puffed up the ID.4’s towing and rough-road capabilities just lately, posting a YouTube video just a few weeks in the past displaying the SUV tackling tough terrain and towing a small trailer:

There was some confusion concerning the ID.4’s towing capability, with a number of numbers making their method across the web. Beforehand, “1,900kg” had been floated round, however now that the configurator is stay, we lastly have some actual numbers.

A few of this confusion comes from a typo on VW’s configurator, which reveals no towing capability within the headline specs of the RWD mannequin however 2,200lbs towing capability for the AWD mannequin. However digging additional into the very backside line of the again specs web page for both mannequin, the RWD is listed as having a 2,220lb capability and AWD as 2,700lbs.

Additional, VW has this passage of their FAQ:

Can the ID.4 tow?

Sure, when geared up with a manufacturing unit put in tow hitch the first Version of the ID.4 are rated to tow 2200 lbs. (with braked trailers) and all AWD variations of the ID.4 are rated to tow 2700 lbs. (with braked trailers).

This FAQ excludes the RWD “Professional” trim from dialogue about towing capabilities, regardless of the Professional trim’s specs displaying a 2,200lb towing capability.

So we nonetheless have considerably conflicting details about towing capability and which capability comes with which fashions, nevertheless it appears seemingly that RWD = 2,200lbs and AWD = 2,700lbs.

Preorders for the ID.4 opened final week and VW’s “First Version” trim sold out almost immediately, although only some thousand are allotted to the US. We are able to presume that “Professional” fashions are promoting briskly sufficient, although anybody who wants a tow hitch should wait till subsequent summer season or thereabouts.

The ID.4 “Professional” trim with RWD is priced at $39,995 earlier than incentives, which implies it is going to be obtainable for nearer to $30k in lots of states. The AWD drivetrain is a further $3,680 possibility. EPA vary has not but been confirmed for the AWD mannequin, however the RWD mannequin has an 82kWh battery pack for 250 miles of vary from a 201hp motor.

VW says a smaller-battery model may even be obtainable mid-2021.

This text has been up to date with extra data on towing capacities, after clearing up confusion and typos in VW’s configurator. Due to our eagle-eyed readers for pointing these conflicts out.

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