Volkswagen’s electric counting game continues with the ID.5 GTX, the latest model to use the all-electric MEB architecture.

    Effectively a sleeker, more coupe-like version of the ID.4, the ID.5 GTX will be revealed at this year’s Munich motor show on September 7, 2021 as a “disguised concept”.

    As these photos show, this likely means a production-spec model with a swirly wrap. Volkswagen did a similar thing with its ID.4.

    Volkswagen has only announced a GTX version of the ID.5, so it’s not yet confirmed whether there’ll be less powerful versions.

    The company projects an electric range of 497km on the WLTP cycle, though it hasn’t released any further powertrain information.

    The ID.5 GTX, however, is almost certain to share its dual-motor powertrain with the ID.4 GTX revealed earlier this year.

    The ID.4 GTX has a 77kWh battery pack and produces 220kW of power, sent to all four wheels. It has a 0-100km/h time of 6.2 seconds and a range of 480km.

    We can expect the ID.5 GTX to be slightly quicker to 100km/h with its more slippery body, while also boasting the same charging capabilities as the ID.4.

    The ID.4 supports DC fast charging up to 125kW and, at this rate, it can gain 300km of range in just 30 minutes.

    Volkswagen has confirmed the ID.5 GTX will come with IQ.Light LED matrix headlights.

    They sit within a face that’s essentially identical to that of the ID.4 GTX. Sloping roofline aside, the rear of the ID.5 GTX is also almost identical with its full-width lighting.

    The most dramatic difference between the two is the ID.5 GTX’s coupe SUV silhouette. The ID.4 is already quite sleek and boasts curvaceous side sculpting, but the ID.5 GTX features a more steeply raked rear window.

    The ID.4 GTX has standard 20-inch wheels, with 21-inch wheels optional, and offers optional Sports and Sports Plus packages.

    The former lowers the suspension by 15mm and adds progressive rate steering, while the latter adds adaptive suspension.

    The ID.5 GTX will arrive at European dealerships in 2022, but it’s unclear if or when it will come here.

    The Australian launch of the ID.3 hatch and ID.4 has been pushed back to 2023 as the European, Chinese and American markets have been given priority.

    Governments in those regions are incentivising EV sales by providing rebates to customers. The EU is also penalising automakers for missing CO2 targets.

    Volkswagen is aiming for 70 per cent of its sales in Europe to be of all-electric vehicles by 2030.

    The reveal of the ID.5 GTX follows the ID.3 small hatch, ID.4 mid-sized crossover, and ID.6 large crossover, the latter confirmed only for China.

    The company has also confirmed an even larger ID.8 crossover is in the works, as is the electric Kombi successor known as the ID. Buzz that’s already been shown in concept form.

    Reports indicate an all-electric, Passat-sized sedan and wagon are also in the works.

    A flagship sedan called the Trinity is set for a 2026 introduction.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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