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Volkswagen ID.4 Crossover will lead the electric charge in America



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Say, did you like the electric Volkswagen ID.3 that fell on the Frankfurt engine Show this week? I really liked it. If you want your practical, long range electric public cars not to be made in tents, this could be a great option for you. Too bad it doesn't come to America, a nation that depends on ride height.

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Instead, we get the Volkswagen ID.4 – essentially the same EV in higher, larger crossover form, according to a report in Automotive News. And VW brought a heavily camouflaged version of that prototype to Frankfurt, which it hid behind glass:

None of this should surprise you, reader. ID.3 is a golf-sized car, and here in America we just don't buy golf unless they happen to be GTI or Golf R. The market has moved from smaller cars to bigger crossovers, and you know car manufacturers are happy with the margins they can score as a result. In addition, one can assume that the range differences between ID.3 and ID.4 will be minimal.

This is the same reason why the latest batch of EVs from Mercedes, Audi and BMW have all been crossovers rather than sedans (although in many cases the sedans come later), and why Ford and General Motors are both planning EVs crossovers to come soon – the latter is a larger variant of the Chevrolet Bolt. That's exactly what we Americans buy.

VW has put forth a concept called I.D. Crozz for some time now, and we fully expect it to look like this.

I'd say it's a kind of bummer we don't see the handsome ID.3 on the shore. After all, it looks like the Tesla Model 3 is doing well in terms of market share, but even though VW has a superior production system, it can't match Tesla's hype at the moment.

Take on the big electric crossovers, let the Europeans have their hatchbacks. I guess.


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