New electric Volkswagen ID.4 Coupe spied testing

Rakish coupe-SUV version of the VW ID.4 on the way; spy shots show trendy sloping roofline

Our spy photographers have spotted what appears to be a coupe version of the new Volkswagen ID.4 SUV testing under a light disguise on the Nurburgring circuit in Germany. With the standard ID.4 yet to go on sale, the Coupe version should probably arrive in mid to late 2021.

The new car – likely called the ID.4 Coupe or possibly ID.5 – looks to share the same underpinnings as its family SUV counterpart, meaning it'll get a choice of battery sizes (52 or 82kWh) and a 201bhp electric motor. Range is likely to be on par with the ID.4, so around 217 to 323 miles depending on specification. It's safe to assume the Coupe will get the same 125kW rapid-charging capability, too.

The most obvious visual difference between the two cars is at the rear, where the Coupe gets a rear window with a more pronounced slope, with a small spoiler mounted on top of a small bootlid. The result is likely to be a reduced load area, but the sportier look may help attract more style-conscious customers.

Elsewhere, it's business as usual – the car's front bumper looks identical to that of the ID.4, as does its full-width front lights, which here are disguised with a false grille. The rear-end treatment also appears broadly similar, with the same full-width tail-light strip. The test car's false exhausts appear to be hiding a familiar bumper, too.

Inside, we can expect to see the ID.4's interior carried over wholesale, complete with a large central touchscreen and smaller driver's display. Full specification for UK-market ID.4s hasn't been confirmed yet, but we know that top-spec models will benefit from touches like dynamic chassis control, a panoramic sunroof and an augmented reality head-up display.

It could be that the ID.4 Coupe will be positioned above the standard car as a more luxurious and sporty option, perhaps available exclusively in higher-spec trim levels. We'll have to wait for the full reveal to get the rundown, but for now it looks as though Volkswagen could be gunning for premium coupe-styled offerings like the Polestar 2, albeit at a lower price point.