The ID.4 AWD Pro, VW’s all-wheel-drive version of their new electric SUV, is now available in the United States, with prices beginning at just $36,175 with incentives.

It’s the cheapest all-wheel-drive electric vehicle in America.

In the United States, Volkswagen debuted the ID.4, its first new car based on the company’s new MEB platform, although only in a “First Edition” model with just a rear-wheel-drive powertrain option.

The German manufacturer is delivering the ID.4 AWD Pro, a new all-wheel-drive version of the electric SUV, to the United States, as promised:

“Today’s unveiling of the new Volkswagen ID.4 AWD electric SUV gives Americans even another cause to embrace sustainable transportation. The ID.4 AWD, with two electric motors, a maximum output of 295 horsepower, and a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds for the AWD Pro model, delivers performance and all-weather traction at a starting MSRP that no other all-wheel-drive electric car on the market in the USA can match.”

The updated version of the vehicle has improved grip, acceleration, and towing capability, while the new electric motor only slightly decreases the range of the electric SUV to 240-249 miles on a single charge, depending on the version.

“With its instantly available torque, the ID.4 AWD Pro can reach 60 mph from a standstill in an estimated 5.7 seconds. Towing capacity rises to 2,700 pounds when using a braked trailer, over the rear-wheel-drive 1st Edition model’s 2,200 pounds. The ID.4 AWD comes with a standard tow hitch and an electrically heated windshield. All other features of the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 carry over to the AWD model, including its 82 kWh battery pack, spacious interior, and IQ.DRIVE suite of driver assistance technologies. All ID.4 models can also receive over-the-air software updates to add functionality in the future. The EPA-estimated range is 249 miles for the AWD Pro and 240 miles for the AWD Pro S.”

VW statement about the new ID.4 AWD Pro

But the price is the main question that will be answered with the vehicle’s launch in the USA.

The ID.4 AWD Pro’s MSRP is $43,675 before incentives, according to VW.

The $7,500 EV tax credit is still available to the German carmaker, bringing the effective cost down to $36,175 with government incentives. With governmental incentives, it might be much cheaper.

VW also offers the ID.4 AWD Pro S trim, which starts at $48,175 and comes with 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, as well as a few additional design features like an illuminated VW symbol.

A $1,195 destination cost applies to all ID.4 SUVs, with the final price negotiated between the customer and the dealer.

VW is already taking bookings for the new ID.4 all-wheel-drive models, with the first deliveries due in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Electomo thoughts

When the original RWD ID.4 was brought to us in the middle of a snowfall, we had two major complaints: it was not AWD and it was slow off the line. The AWD Pro version is clearly assisting in the resolution of each of these issues. We’re thrilled to test the AWD model, and much more so about a Chattanooga-built version coming shortly.

The greatest issue on our minds right now is if VW will make enough of the center stack UI upgrades to keep them on the lots. We noticed some delay in the center display UX during our evaluation. Overall, the nice appearance inside and out, extremely strong specifications, and reasonable pricing should make this one of the most popular EVs available.