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Volkswagen Unveils the ID. XTREME, an Off-Road Concept Based on the ID.4 GTX

The Volkswagen ID. XTREME Concept is an off-road focussed electric crossover.

  • This concept is based on the ID.4 GTX, the sporty variant of the ID.4 sold in Europe

  • The concept boasts 382 horsepower, which is 87 more than the ID.4 GTX makes

  • Other changes include 18-inch off-road wheels, 3D-printed wide arches and a rally-inspired suspension

Volkswagen unveiled a new concept which is an ID.4 GTX that has been modified for performance off-road driving.

Called the ID. XTREME, this concept is part rally car, part electric crossover. This was done to show that electric cars are just as capable as gasoline-powered models and that they can also be modified.

Since this vehicle is a one-off that is not destined for sale, Volkswagen used a development prototype for the ID.4 GTX that wasn’t needed anymore and gave it a used 82 kWh battery in order to limit the emissions generated by the manufacturing of this concept.

In order to increase its performance, VW replaced the rear motor with a more powerful one that brings the total output of the powertrain to 382 horsepower, which is 87 horsepower more than the production version of the ID.4 GTX, which is already a more powerful variant of the ID.4 sold in Europe only.

Volkswagen ID. XTREME Concept | Photo: Volkswagen

In addition to this new powertrain, the concept also received a raised rally suspension that allows it to tackle off-road situations at high speeds, as well as specific 18-inch wheels that wear chunky off-road tires.

In order to protect its body and mechanicals, the ID. XTREME features a revised crash member that extends past the front bumper and a closed underbody. The roof rack also includes a full-width LED light bar to illuminate dark rally stages.

The body of the vehicle itself also received some changes since the wings are 50 millimetres wider than normal due to 3D-printed parts.

Volkswagen also says that this vehicle emits a sound from an external speaker that has been developed by its design department.

Obviously, this model will not be offered to the public, but the head of the MEB platform team responsible for the concept says that the automaker will consider the public’s reaction to it for its future models.

This means that a more off-road focussed version of the ID.4 could be offered in the coming years if EV buyers take to the concept’s formula.

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