After several teasers and the odd skewed advance, Wolfsburg have just introduced the new and third member of the ID family in society: the long-awaited Volkswagen ID.5 electric SUV. With it, comes the top of the range: the most sporty ID.5 GTX, which with a design defined by the brand as coupe type and 299 hp of power, promises strong sensations behind the wheel.
In search of the differences with the ID.5
There are few differences between the ID.5 and the ID.5 GTX, although they are fundamentally three details those that give away the sportier model: a somewhat more elaborate front with three vertical LEDs integrated into the ends of the bumpers, the “Matrix LED IQ. Light” headlights and the rear with 3D effect.
The new ID.5 GTX offers heights of 4.58 meters long, 1.85 m wide and 1.61 high. With a wheelbase of 2.76 m, it has proportions more typical of a compact, but offers a trunk volume of 549 liters with the five available seats and 1,561 liters of maximum capacity.
Regarding the interior design, which is one of the least liked aspects in the latest electric Volkswagen, it does not vary practically at all with respect to the ID.5 except for the sporty-cut seats that incorporate the ID logo on the backrest. In addition, the top-of-the-range ID family offers five driving modes.
The ID.5 GTX has two screens: the smallest, located in the instrument panel, and the main one (color and touch), which is responsible for bringing together the functions of the infotainment system. It is 12 inches in size and some of its commands can be voice activated.
The model also includes elements such as a Head-Up Display or a navigator that allows designing routes that include the recommended stops to recharge the battery.
As for its electric heart, unsurprisingly the Volkswagen ID.5 GTX shares the same powertrain and technical setup with the ID.4 GTX. Therefore, it has two electric motors, one for each axis. Together, they add up to a maximum power of 220 kW (or 299 CV) and are powered by a lithium-ion battery with a maximum net capacity of 77 kWh.
Thus, the sportier ID.5 announces a 0 to 100 km / h in 6.3 seconds and a maximum speed of 180 km / h, while the homologated autonomy according to the WLTP cycle is 480 kilometers for a single charge.
It has a bidirectional charging system, and supports a fast charging power that amounts to 135 kW with direct current. In this case, the ID.5 GTX needs just 30 minutes to regain enough power to cover 200 miles, according to the manufacturer.
Another interesting point of the new ID.5 GTX is that it will have wireless software updates (OTA) through which all on-board systems and driving assistants will incorporate the latest news. Also advanced communication functions «Car2X»: the car can share information about alerts or dangers on the road with other Volkswagen models within a radius of up to 800 meters.
No further details regarding equipment or pricing have been announced for the ID.5 GTX at the moment. What has been confirmed is that will reach the Spanish market in 2022.