Thursday, May 13, 2021
News ID.4 GTX is a Volkswagen GTI for Electric Drivers

ID.4 GTX is a Volkswagen GTI for Electric Drivers

Electric GTI?

  • Twin-motor, 299 hp for GTX model

  • Loads of red trim inside and out to show you it’s the sporty one


The future of Volkswagen performance has arrived the ID.4 GTX adds a second-motor and all-wheel drive to the electric crossover in a vehicle that’s meant to be the battery-powered equivalent to the GTI and GLI badges the brand uses on its current performance models.

With one motor up front and one in the rear, the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX makes 299 hp, and in a demonstration during the vehicle’s launch it was able to climb a 37.5-percent incline. That traction is more useful on flat ground, though, where it sends the ID.4 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. Not exactly a rocketship, especially by EV standards, but the goal of a GTI has never been outright acceleration. Though Volkswagen didn’t mention any suspension changes, so we’re not entirely sure the target here.

The ID.4’s front light strip is joined by new honeycomb DRL lights in the chunkier front bumper of the GTX, with new X-shaped LED clusters in the rear lamps to give it a stand-out visual signature. The GTX is also lined with the red pinstripe that has long been the signature of GTI and GLI models.

Other exterior styling changes include a black roof and rear spoiler with anthracite roof frame bar. The interior gets the same red stripe and trim as well as contrast seams, but the leatherette dash top adds a new shade VW calls X-Blue, which is meant to denote sustainability. There was no sign of the traditional GTI plaid in VW’s info about the new model.

The ID.4 GTX is expected to be a Europe-only model and will launch there this summer. Pricing in Germany starts from 50,415 euros, or about CAD 62,000.

 

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