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Volkswagen ID.4: This Is All Of It

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We’ve seen the inside and basically all of the outside of the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 already, but VW gave us the rest of it today in its global reveal.

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Volkswagen said the ID.4 has the personality of the original Beetle and “drives like a GTI.” Some 2,700 pounds of towing capacity, 82 kWh battery, 250 miles of estimated range and 201 horsepower. An all-wheel-drive version will be coming in 2021, VW said. It also said the ID.4 would take 8.5 seconds when going from zero to 62 mph.

More: The headlights will swivel, and all of this will start at $39,995, before tax credits kick in. Volkswagen also says a $35,000 version is coming once its Chattanooga plant starts turning out ID.4s.

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Volkswagen was even a little cocky in its announcement.

“If you want to spend six figures on an EV, go ahead,” Scott Keogh, head of VW of America, said in the reveal, a reference to the Porsche Taycans of the world.

You can watch the full announcement, which includes a supremely awkward and forced interview with American soccer star Alex Morgan, below:

I don’t think this will have Tesla quaking in its boots but I do like the ID.4 quite a bit, though I’m not sure where it’ll fit in the market, since it’s not quite luxury and $39,995—even with the tax credits—is a lot to spend on a not-quite luxury car. We’ll see! The real electric car battle is just starting to begin.

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You can make $100 reservations of the ID.4 right now, with deliveries expected to begin early next year.

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News Editor at Jalopnik. 2008 Honda Fit Sport.

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250 miles? As in the same range as the now 5 year old Chevy Bolt? Big fail. They clearly missed a major mark here.