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Volkswagen ID.4's cabin offers 'flowing, lightweight design'

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

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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.

Volkswagen ID.4

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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 The steering wheel, steering column, the housings of the display and control panels in the doors are outdated in Piano Black or Electric White.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.

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Improved hot hatch

The 2022 VW Golf GTI gets new handling tech

Improvements to the GTI's handling and steering should make it even faster in the curves.

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The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the most recognizable and popular cars the automaker sells. After a bumpy few years that ended with the standard Golf model being nixed from VW's U.S catalog, we're starting to see concrete details on the upcoming performance variants of the car, which will thankfully end up heading our way. The eighth-generation Golf GTI and Golf R will make landfall in the United States as 2022 models, and will both feature a load of new tech and refinements. VW just announced the changes that are being made to the GTI's handling and performance systems, and they are extensive, to say the least.


2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI VW is offering the 8th-gen Golf only in high-performance GTI and R configurations.Volkswagen


Volkswagen is giving the legendary hot hatch a host of improvements, which the automaker says will give the car more precise, stable handling at its limit. The GTI's front suspension has been reconfigured with new wishbone bearings and damping hydraulics. VW says that the car's springs and buffer stops have also been revised, which will give the font axle spring rate that is five percent higher than its predecessor. A new aluminum subframe is also in place, which will reduce weight by seven pounds over the previous car.

The eighth-generation Golf brought a new VW Vehicle Dynamics Manager system which will also benefit the upcoming GTI. The system integrates the car's electronic stability control with its electronic differentials, and in GTI models equipped with the optional DCC adaptive damping system, the system adjusts individual wheel damping up to 200 times per second. The differential itself will now come standard with all GTI models. It's an electronically-controlled torque-sensing limited-slip unit, which varies the levels of its intervention based on how the car is being driven and on how the other traction control functions are being used.


2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI The GTI's steering is now more responsive.Volkswagen


The GTI's steering system has also been revised to now include an enhanced progressive steering function that uses software to help turn the vehicle with less steering effort, depending on speed. Volkswagen says that the GTI's steering takes just 2.1 turns of the steering wheel to go from lock to lock when it's equipped with 18-inch wheels.

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The LEGO Speed Champions series is adding two new Dodge models to its lineup.

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The new LEGO Speed Champions series is expanding by two. A 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A and Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster are being added to the growing collection. They are the first purple vehicle and first Top Fuel Dragster in the Speed Champion series.

"Owning, or aspiring to own, a Dodge muscle car is as much about the lifestyle of joining the Brotherhood of Muscle as it is about the vehicle purchase," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. "As a result, our brand enthusiasts are passionate about all things Dodge, including the latest cool collectibles. So, following the success of the Dodge 2018 LEGO Speed Champion building set, fans will now be able to build and show off not only the first ever 8-inch-wide (8W) muscle car, but also the first ever Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, along with an incredibly detailed 13½-long Top Fuel Dragster."

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge box The 627-piece Challenger T/A and Dragster include box art of their Rea-life counterparts. Photo courtesy of Stellantis

LEGO has had the Challenger over two inches high, five inches long, and 2.5 inches wide. The Dragster is four inches high thanks to its wing, and has a body that is 13.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.

The set features a male Challenger driver in Dodge-branded clothing. The Dragster has a female driver in a Dodge race suit.

"In 2021, we are extremely excited to reteam with Dodge and expand the Speed Champions 8W Vehicle Collection even further by including new vehicle types and building experiences, for the first time, that appeal to vehicle fans of all ages," said Christopher Stamp, LEGO Design Lead.

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge The set includes two models.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The models will be released on June 1, 2021 at LEGO.com. Pricing for the models is not yet available.

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