Volkswagen shows off ID.4’s interior ahead of official debut

Volkswagen is giving us a glimpse of the ID.4, its first all-electric crossover, before the vehicle’s official reveal later this month. The automaker has released photos of ID.4’s interior, showing its touchscreen displays — yes, it has more than one — dials and an intuitive lighting strip. One of the displays serves as the infotainment center, while the other serves as the dash panel behind the wheel.

The second one appears to be floating, because it’s not attached to the center console. In the photos VW published, that display also shows us what the EV could look like from the outside:

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The ID.4 will also feature 30-color ambient lighting and a light strip below the windscreen that can signal drivers, say, when the vehicle’s drive system is active and when the car has been locked or unlocked. It will also signal braking prompts and incoming phone calls. Volkswagen has released a photo of its updated fob, as well, which has three buttons: two to lock and unlock the doors and one to open the trunk.

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Volkswagen

Volkswagen’s ID.4 is second electric vehicle based on the automaker’s MEB platform, which will serve as the basis of of all its future EVs, after the ID.3. It’s also the first MEB-based EV to be available outside Europe and will be manufactured and released in China and the US. The company has already started ID.4’s production at its plant in Zwickau, Germany, while its plants in China and the US will start manufacturing the vehicle later this year and in 2022, respectively.

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The Volkswagen ID.4’s Interior Is Happily Uncluttered

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There’s probably no good reason the upcoming all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 (the one that will be sold here) doesn’t have a bench seat, and I wish center screens were a little more mobile, but otherwise, I like the minimalism of VW’s design. It is, very happily (to me) not too busy, in new images released today by Volkswagen.

It also fits somewhat with what the car will look like on the outside: it looks very electric, and it certainly looks modern, but it also isn’t going out of its way to impress.

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As you can see, there will be two screens, one for the driver that will presumably display a speedometer and readings, and another for both driver and passenger that will presumably have navigation and most other infotainment bell and whistle modern cars have. (VW has not said what just yet.)

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And while it’s sad to not see a bench seat, it is nice to see that the center console isn’t linked to the dashboard, which is one-way electric cars can take advantage of space that might otherwise be occupied in an internal combustion-engined car.

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Also intriguing is what VW calls ID Light:

The ID.4 will feature ID. Light—a light strip below the windscreen to support drivers in a host of situations with intuitive lighting effects in different colors. For example, ID. Light signals to the driver that the vehicle’s drive system is active and that the car has been unlocked or locked. It accentuates information issued by the driver assist and navigation systems and signals braking prompts and incoming phone calls.

Here is the key:

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This car won’t be on sale in the U.S. until 2022, so we can only gaze at what VW has to offer for now, but at the right price this could be a good alternative to the Model 3, especially for those who like buttons with their screens.

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