Volkswagen PH wants to launch ID.4 and ID.6 in 2023
By now, you may have seen VW Group brands Audi and Porsche launching their own electric vehicles (EVs) in the Philippines. You may have wondered whether the Volkswagen brand will also offer its own models.
With the new electric vehicle law transitioning into law awaiting signature by President Rodrigo Duterte and charging infrastructure growing, Volkswagen Philippines may soon be joining the bandwagon. A well-placed source has shared that the German brand will also be rolling out its EV offerings in the local market.
According to our source, the automaker plans to launch both ID.4 and ID.6 BEV models. The two vehicles will serve as the company’s first EV offerings in the country and will both be crossover SUVs. The ID.4 will likely compete in the compact crossover segment, while the ID.6 will enter the mid-size three-row crossover market. But where are these cars supposed to come from?
Given that they’re already sourcing vehicles from Shanghai, it’s no surprise that their EV offerings will come from China. That’s right, the two EVs are actually produced by SAIC-VW, which also makes the T-Cross, Lamando, Lavida, Santana and the Santana GTS. With that in mind, we’ll specifically see ID.4 X and ID.6 X iterations; as the Crozz versions of both nameplates are offered by the FAW-VW JV.
During our recent trip to Shanghai with Volkswagen Philippines, company president Felipe Estrella III said that “eventually they would offer electric vehicles at the right time with the right product at the right price”.
Prices for the ID.4 X and ID.6 X are not yet available. However, we’re told that both EVs will likely be 10% to 15% more expensive compared to similarly sized internal combustion engine (ICE) models. A more favorable tax climate in the future should make the prices of electric vehicles more affordable for VW and other brands in the future.
But if the ID.4 X and ID.6 X are priced right, would you go with an electric vehicle from Volkswagen Philippines? Let us know in the comments.