Volkswagen is adding performance pizzazz to its ID portfolio of electric vehicles by introducing a faster and more powerful version of the ID.4. The compact SUV will be revealed tomorrow in a “GTX” version to lead the way for a family of exciting EVs planned by the Wolfsburg brand. A trio of teaser clips eases the wait until the big debut scheduled for April 28 at 5 PM CEST.
Unlike the regular ID.4 available with a single electric motor and rear-wheel drive, the hotter GTX will add a front-mounted motor to enable an AWD setup. While the normal variant of the electric SUV offers 204 horsepower, we’re hearing its performance-oriented sibling will pack roughly 300 hp. It should be enough punch for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in just 6.2 seconds.
1 day to go to the world premiere of our #VWID4 GTX!pic.twitter.com/L1Cm9BssNo
— Volkswagen News (@volkswagen) April 27, 2021
The adjacent teasers give us an idea regarding what to expect from the design as VW is trying to make the ID.4 GTX look a bit more aggressive than the standard model. Red accents suggest the performance SUV will get GTI-like accents inside and out. Slightly sportier styling is expected, along with model-exclusive alloy wheel designs and the compulsory “GTX” badging.
It’s too soon to say whether the ID.4 GTX will be followed by an equivalent ID.3 GTX to serve as an electric hot hatch, but we do know this dual-motor setup will find its way in another electric vehicle from Volkswagen. We’re talking about the three-row ID.6 SUV revealed last week at Auto Shanghai for the Chinese market.
⏰ Two more days to wait until we introduce our new #VWID4 GTX!
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— Volkswagen News (@volkswagen) April 26, 2021
Also coming this year will be an ID.5 to serve as a coupe-styled alternative of the ID.4 while retaining the rear doors. Essentially, it will have a heavily sloped roofline and a more dramatic rear-end styling while possibly offering a GTX version as well. A Skoda equivalent is also planned for a release later this year as the Enyaq iV Coupe and should have largely the same powertrain but in a more practical package.
Meanwhile, expect the ID.4 GTX to cost significantly more than the single-motor, RWD model and take a hit in terms of efficiency. Logic tells us the range between charges will go down due to the increased weight commanded by the extra hardware, but that’s the price to pay for having a performance-oriented electric SUV. The new GTX variant could also feature a more generous list of standard equipment to justify the price hike.
⚡️ On April 28th we will present the new #VWID4 GTX!
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[ID.4 GTX – power consumption in kWh/100 km (NEDC): 19.8–18.1 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (combined); efficiency class: A+] pic.twitter.com/cnWqQv2nbK
— Volkswagen News (@volkswagen) April 25, 2021