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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 The steering wheel, steering column, the housings of the display and control panels in the doors are outdated in Piano Black or Electric White.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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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is joining the company’s lineup

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The decision to add a turbocharged engine variant to the Mazda3 was met with praise for those who like getting in a little more excitement behind the wheel. Now It has been announced that the Mazda3's crossover counterpart, the CX-30 is getting the same treatment.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with 93 octane fuel. The performance drops to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when owners fill up with 87 octane. Engines with the turbo-four also get standard all-wheel drive.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The body styling is pretty much the same as the rest of the Mazda CX-30 lineup, but it does have unique wheels and other attributes.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

To accommodate the new engine option, Mazda has not had to change the outward appearance of the model In earnest but does add some highlights including 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors and a "TURBO" badge on the liftgate.

As the most premium Mazda CX-30 model, it comes with a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash and chrome finishes. The features list includes a Bose 12-speaker audio system and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen..

The CX-30 2.5 Turbo, as the models with the engine will be known. Also comes equipped with Smart City Brake Support Reverse and rear cross-traffic braking technologies that can sense a vehicle coming into the lane of travel when reversing, warn the driver, and apply the brakes in order to possibly avoid a collision. Additional available safety technologies include a 360-degree view monitor, Active Drive Display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptation front lighting.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The CX-30 debuted just last year.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Specific packaging and pricing details will be announced in the coming months

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Volkswagen has chosen a name for its new SUV.

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The forthcoming new Volkswagen SUV will be called the Taos after the town in New Mexico. The name was chosen to specifically appeal to North American customers, who are the target market for the SUV, which Will slot below the Tiguan in the VW lineup.

“We're thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "It was important to choose a name that really embodied the nature of the car and the town of Taos, New Mexico was a perfect fit. It's a small city that offers big things—from outdoor adventure to arts and design and great cuisine."

Taos New Mexico Taos, New Mexico is the namesake for a forthcoming Volkswagen model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"We are excited that Volkswagen has named their sport utility vehicle after the town of Taos," said Taos Mayor Dan Barrone. "It's a great opportunity for our community to share its rich history and culture alongside Volkswagen with its unique and rich history and culture."

Taos, New Mexico is a thriving small town of 6,000 people. It has a 400-year history and a 1,000-year-old Native American community just a few miles from the center fo town. Artists and skiers flock to the city, which is noted for its stunning landscapes.

Incidentally, Taos was also home to John Muir, an engineer turned mechanic, and author of "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step procedures for the Compleat Idiot." First published in 1969, and illustrated by local artist Peter Aschwanden, this counter-culture guide to Volkswagen repairs quickly developed a popular following. The book, started in Muir's Taos shop, has helped keep countless VW models running, from Beetles and Buses to Type 3 and Type 4 models.

Volkswagen promises that the new Taos “will offer great value, excellent fuel economy, and great packaging, as well as advanced infotainment and driver-assistance features”.

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will be revealed on October 13.

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