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OverdriveApr 30, 2021 3:01:14 PM IST
As promised when the Volkswagen ID.4 was unveiled in September last year, it is now available with dual-motor all-wheel drive as the ID.4 GTX. Going forward, the GTX label will stand for Volkswagen’s electric performance sub-brand, or, as the company says, “GTX is the GTI of the electric vehicle world.” Compared to the rear-wheel-drive ID.4, the ID.4 GTX takes power up to 299 hp from 204 hp, also reducing performance from 0-100 km / h to 6.2 seconds from 8, 5 seconds.
Based on VW’s modular electric MEB platform, the same battery packs with a capacity of 77 kWh are sandwiched in the floor and the range is 480 km (WLTP), slightly less than the range of 520 km from the standard ID.4. With charging rates of 125 kW, the ID.4 GTX can gain around 300 km of range with just 10 minutes of charging.
Visually drawing parallels with the honeycomb grille characteristic of GTI models, the ID.4 GTX adds to the base look of the ID.4 with sporty touches like the black honeycomb air intake shiny at the bottom of the bumper and three diamond-shaped DRLs under the IQ Light headlights. The dimensions of the wheels (20 and 21 inches) are the same as on the ID.4. Other changes include new bumpers unique to the ID.4 GTX. Inside, changes are limited to the iconic red contrast stitching on the dashboard and upholstery, while additional drive modes, such as Traction, add to the all-wheel drive capabilities.
Volkswagen also previewed the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX SUV coupes, essentially the ID.4 but with a roof sloping more rearward to create a sportier crossover. We expect Volkswagen to launch the ID.5 SUV coupe overseas later this year. Meanwhile, Volkswagen India tells us EVs are on the cards for the country, but only in a few years, once the charging infrastructure is better developed.