Volkswagen ID.4 GTX high-performance electric SUV unveiled
The ID.4 GTX is Volkswagen’s first high-performance electric car, with 295bhp and all-wheel drive
This is the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX. It’s the German brand’s first high-performance electric car, producing 295bhp from its dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup. The first of Volkswagen’s GTX-badged electric performance cars, the ID.4 GTX arrives this summer, and will rival the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and Kia EV6 GT.
The ID.4 GTX will go from 0-62mph in just over six seconds and continue to a top speed of 112mph. Like all of Volkswagen’s upcoming GTX models, the ID.4 uses a dual-motor setup, as opposed to the single 201bhp motor found in the standard ID.3 and ID.4. The GTX also features a ‘traction’ driving mode that activates the electric motor on the front axle, which in normal driving conditions is not in use.
The GTX uses the same 77kWh battery as the range-topping version of the standard car, making the two-tonne electric SUV capable of 298 miles of driving on a charge, according to official testing. It's also capable of 125kW DC rapid charging, which can add 186 miles of range in under 30 minutes. The ID.4 GTX sits on the same MEB platform that underpins the regular ID.4 and the ID.3 electric hatchback, as well as the Skoda Enyaq iV and Audi Q4 e-tron. Cupra will also use the MEB platform to underpin its Born electric hatchback.
However, the ID.4 GTX does get a new front and rear bumper design, and more body-coloured panels than the regular ID.4. It also sports redesigned 3D LED tail-lights; each is made up of nine free-standing LED components, with a full-width light bar connecting the two across the rear of the car. Inside, the GTX comes with a dark blue dashboard, paired with red contrast stitching and animal-free, leatherette seats.
Pricing for the UK has yet to be announced, but in Germany the ID.4 GTX will start at €50,415 (£43,500). If this is to be the new top-of-the-range ID.4, then we expect the GTX will start at over £50,000; more than the top-spec ID.4 Max trim. In any case, the GTX won't be eligible for the recently reduced government plug-in car grant (PiCG).
There'll be an optional Sport Package, which will lower the ID.4 GTX by 15mm and add progressive steering, plus adaptive shock absorbers that'll work with the upgraded steering and chassis control system for increased responsiveness and stability.
The Infotainment Plus Package adds an upgraded 12-inch infotainment touchscreen and augmented reality head-up display, which can project directions from the navigation system onto the windscreen. It’s likely the same system we saw in the recently unveiled Audi Q4 e-tron, which impressed when we drove a pre-production model.
The GTX badge will soon be used on several high-performance electric cars from Volkswagen, including an ID.3 GTX electric hot hatch. The GTX badge is the equivalent to GTI (for petrol), GTD (for diesel) and GTE (for hybrid). See our pick of the best electric SUVs here, or our list of the fastest electric cars available here.
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