Volkswagen Confirms Electric Car Strategy In Australia With ID.4 And ID.5 To Take Battle Against Tesla Model Y, BYD Atto 3, Kia EV6 And Hyundai Ioniq 5 – Car News
Volkswagen’s long-awaited entry into the electric vehicle space in Australia is still set to begin in 2023, the brand says CarsGuide it’s aiming for an SUV-first strategy.
At the launch of the Tiguan and Golf R, Michal Szaniecki, the brand’s director of passenger cars, explained that the brand is still on track to make the first deliveries of its ID electric cars in 2023.
“Yes, we are doing everything we can to bring ID cards to Australia in 2023,” he said. “Due to the market conditions, we are starting with ID.4 and ID.5, the ID.3 will be added later. That’s due to customer preference for SUVs in Australia, as evidenced by pre-orders for the R range [which are heavily weighted in favour of the Tiguan].”
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VW Australia has repeatedly held back from introducing its European-popular range of electric cars to the Australian market, citing limited demand and incentives in Australia and overwhelming demand in Europe, which is consuming available manufacturing space.
The ID.4 is a mid-size SUV that falls dimensionally between the T-Roc and Tiguan, while the ID.5 is a coupe-style spin-off.
The brand’s general manager of corporate communications, Paul Pottinger, has explained this CarsGuide in the past that its EVs will be mainstream priced, going so far as to say they could hit the market with prices starting in the mid-$50,000 category.
This is expected to apply to the base version of the ID.4 available overseas, which is fitted with a 45kWh battery and a 110kW electric motor, which equates to a WLTP-certified range of 330km. The ID.5, on the other hand, is positioned significantly higher up the price scale in its home market of Germany and is only available with the long-range 77 kWh battery (good for a range of 450 km) in a higher equipment variant.
The brand has previously stated that the ID.3 hatch is set to start from the $40,000 region, although we now know it’s set to arrive later than its SUV siblings. The Golf-sized hatch faces increased competition at the point of entry into the electric field, faced with new additions from GWM and BYD, as well as the recently launched Polestar 2.
The commercial sector is also expected to include the ID.Buzz transporter and its cargo variant in the future, although both have yet to be launched internationally.
While VW will be relatively late in entering the EV party and will face stiff competition from an expanded field of rivals in 2023, earlier comments have been made CarsGuide reaffirm its position of trust.
“These will be circuit breakers,” Mr. Pottinger said in June of last year. “Truly affordable electric vehicles.”
Stay tuned while we keep an ear out for more details on the locally delivered ID.4 and ID.5 SUVs.