Volkswagen ID.5 GTX: concept readied for Munich debut

Published: 06 August 2021

► New ID.5 inbound for Munich 2021
► Hot GTX spec incoming, too
► Covers come off in September

The Volkswagen ID.5 GTX coupe SUV will make its de facto global debut as a disguised, 'near-production' concept at next month's Munich motor show.

Set to arrive in dealerships in 2022, the car is effectively a coupe version of the ID.4 GTX SUV that was revealed earlier this year.

The two cars use the same running gear, so we can expect 295bhp and four-wheel drive from a pair of electric motors, one on each axle. VW estimates that the ID.5 GTX will return 309 miles of range from a 77kWh battery.

Quite how realistic that range figure will be when drivers mash the throttle is anyone's guess: this is a GTX after all, Volkswagen's new moniker for hot EVs in keeping with its GTI, GTD and GTE lines from years gone by.

id5 gtx side

The ID.4 GTX is capable of 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds, so expect something similar - if not, slightly quicker - from the ID.5 GTX and its sleeker profile.

Although the car will be shrouded in VW's funky camouflage wrap, there'll be no surprises when the covers are removed in Munich on 7 September. The latest images confirm that the design won't deviate much from the other ID. vehicles unveiled so far, with IQ.Light matrix headlights and a honeycomb grille at the front, and light strips at both ends running the full width of the car.

VW says the ID.5 will be able to receive over-the-air updates, and Car2X technology will be present too, allowing the vehicle to communicate with external systems.

When it arrives the ID.5 will be the first coupe SUV based on VW's MEB platform, which will underpin virtually every electric vehicle made by Volkswagen Group for the next few years. Volkswagen is aiming for 70% of its sales to be accounted for by EVs by 2030, with full carbon neutrality to follow by 2050.

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