Volkswagen ID.4’s cabin offers ‘flowing, lightweight design’

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

The Volkswagen ID.4's cabin is meant to deliver spacious, free-flowing design.

Volkswagen is doing everything but showing off the entire ID.4 production vehicle ahead of its debut later this month. The German automaker recently showed off the cabin of the new all-electric SUV featuring what it calls “flowing, lightweight design”.

Drivers access the cabin using flush door handles that deliver electric unlocking. Doorways open wide and reveal the ID.4’s high seating position. The car has a second-row bench seat that features 30.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind it – about as much as a Mazda CX-5.

The SUV’s dashboard is not connected to the center console. This space-creating minimalism is quickly becoming a trail of electric vehicle design, which isn’t hampered by having a transmission tunnel running down the center of the vehicle diving the left side from the right.

A fixed panoramic sunroof will be available.

Volkswagen will deliver the ID.4 with ID. Light, a strip below the windshield that has lighting effects offering cues to a driver. Volkswagen explains: “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.”

Thirty-color ambient lighting is also available. Multi-color ambient lighting options have become trendy in vehicles with Kia and BMW also offering similar technology.

In this former role as Head of Volkswagen Brand Design, Klaus Zyciora, who currently serves as the Head of Volkswagen Group Design, developed the vehicle with his team. He describes further describes the cabin: “Freedom on the outside, free space on the inside. The ID.4 brings a new sense of space to its category thanks to the new MEB platform, our modular electric drive matrix.”

The interior of the ID.4 is dominated by a neutral color palette with Lunar Grey and Galaxy Black dominating the landscape. The steering wheel, steering column, the housings of the display and control panels in the doors are outdated in Piano Black or Electric White.

Volkswagen will fully unveil the ID.4 later this month. Immediately after it debuts, buyers will be able to reserve theirs for just $100.

The company has already said that it will be built at their Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which is currently undergoing an expansion to prepare for the new model, including a battery technology research hub.

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

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