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First electric VW SUV also becomes first performance electric model, to be followed by ID 5 GTX

Volkswagen's first hot electric car will arrive later this year, it has confirmed.

The inaugural use of GTX – the electric equivalent of the GTI sub-brand – is most likely to come on the range-topping version of the first electric Volkswagen SUV, which was previewed by the ID Crozz concept of 2017.

There will be two versions of the ID SUV: a standard model and a coupé, which are expected to be named the ID 4 and the ID 5. While both models will receive the GTX badge, it’s most likely to appear on the ID 4 first.

While the ID 3 hatchback is an obvious contender for the GTX treatment, given Volkswagen’s hot hatch heritage, it’s thought that a fast ID 4 is more appealing to key markets, including the US and China, and capable of achieving better profit margins in the short term. A performance version of the ID 3 is planned to be produced later, however.

The ID 4 will be revealed at the New York motor show in April, becoming the second ID production model after the ID 3.

The ID 4 is based on MEB, the Volkswagen Group’s bespoke architecture for EVs. In concept form, it used two electric motors for a combined output of 302bhp and 332lb ft of torque and promised a range of 311 miles, thanks to an 83kWh battery pack.

Expect more power from the GTX version but potentially a slightly shorter range, given the demands of a performance model.

This will be a bumper year for hot Volkswagen models, beginning with the unveiling of the new Golf GTI and Volkswagen GTD at the Geneva motor show in March before the new Golf R is shown in the summer.


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Rick Maverick 31 January 2020

PR Blitz

Isn't the idea behind the VW ID PR Blitz we're about to see the first in 2022??

That would be lightyears after Tesla if I am not mistaken.

xxxx 31 January 2020


I was more a Renault 18 GTX man

Tom Chet 31 January 2020

Suffix from the '80s

Inaugural use?  Don't think so.

Fond memories of the Scirocco GTX...