The German automaker is stepping up its electric offensive with the unveiling of the Volkswagen ID.5 and its GTX variant, the performance model that debuts at the same time as the regular livery, unlike the strategy used for the other electric SUV in the family, the ID.4.
The ID.5 is nothing more or less than a sloping roof version of the ID.4 that has only just arrived on our market. Sadly, this new, more aerodynamic model is not destined to be driven in Canada or North America, as Volkswagen prefers to limit its new model to Europe and other markets a little later.
Despite its close relationship with the ID.4, the ID.5 still gets a few visual exclusivities on the outside, such as a small, raised – and functional – spoiler at the end of the sloping tailgate. While the GTX model is almost identical from the front, this is not the case for the ID.5 Pro, which adopts a different design under the front badge. Despite the sportier roofline, the interior space has not been affected too much with only 12 mm less headroom for the rear occupants, unlike the aerodynamic coefficient which increases to 0.26, as opposed to 0.27 of the ID.4.
The interior is also identical to that of the first electric SUV of the brand, the dashboard that retains that vast touch screen in the middle with a second screen where the controls of the gearbox are attached to the right side.
The Volkswagen ID.5 GTX is, like the ID.4 GTX, powered by a pair of electric motors with a total output of 299 horsepower and a range of 500 km, a distance that was probably calculated according to the WLTP calculation method. For reference, the Volkswagen ID.4 Pro and its four-wheel drive variant ID.4 AWD have a range of 400 km and 386 km, respectively. The GTX version of the ID.4 is expected to offer an even shorter range.
If the arrival of this new electric coupe SUV is not part of the North American strategy in the short term, fans of the Wolfsburg brand can still fall back on the future ID.BUZZ, the manufacturer even briefly showed what seems to be the production version of this electric van. And this one will be marketed in our country.