There’s still some waiting to do, but Volkswagen has confirmed the ID.3, ID.4, and ID.5 electric cars will start rolling off the production line for Australia during 2024.
Production of the ID.3 (a Golf-sized hatch), ID.4 (a Tiguan-sized SUV), and ID.5 (a mid-sized SUV coupe) will start during 2024 for our market, as will the ID. Buzz and ID. Cargo detailed here.
Exactly when in 2024 they’ll touch down hasn’t been finalised, but at this stage it’s likely the rollout will start around the middle of the year.
Volkswagen has flagged the fact it’ll bring only longer-range versions of its cars, with bigger batteries, rather than cheaper models with smaller batteries and shorter driving ranges.
The entry point to the range will be the ID.3, with a target sticker price below $60,000. That would throw it into battle with the best-selling Tesla Model 3, along with the related Cupra Born, and the MG ZS EV Long Range.
The longest-range version of the ID.3 offers a claimed 546km of range from its 77kWh lithium-ion battery.
The larger ID.4 and its ID.5 spinoff are roughly the same size as a Tiguan.
The ID.4 range in Europe includes a 108kW base model with a 52kWh lithium-ion battery pack, good for 342km of range. That same battery pack is also paired with a 125kW motor.
Volkswagen is promising more than 500km of range from the pair, however, which means the 77kWh battery pack will feature Down Under. Combined with a 128kW or 150kW motor, it’s good for up to 515km of range.
A more powerful ID.5 GTX is also on offer overseas, with 220kW of power.
Speaking with CarExpert late in 2022, Volkswagen Australia’s boss for passenger vehicles said ID. models would feature simpler ranges than their petrol counterparts.
“Each model will be much simpler than today’s portfolio” Mr Szaniecki said. “That’s completely fine, it’s appreciated by our customers because the choice is much more intuitive, much simpler, and much faster.”
“Economically, it’s also justified because [customers] aren’t lost in an abundance of opportunities.”