The latest prototype of the 2022 Volkswagen ID.5 GTX has been spied powering around the Nürburgring with most of its camouflage discarded.

    Effectively a sleeker, more coupe-like version of the all-electric ID.4, the ID.5 GTX was supposed to be revealed at the 2021 Munich motor show until Volkswagen decided to postpone.

    Unlike the swirly wrap on the ‘disguised concept’ as previously seen, this prototype is instead painted all black with minimal camouflage.

    Apart from that, there isn’t that much setting it apart from the previously seen concept except for a faux grille and blacked-out VW badges.

    The ID.5 GTX will share the same dual-electric motor powertrain with the ID.4 GTX that was revealed earlier in the year.

    The ID.4 GTX has a 77kWh battery pack and produces 220kW of power, which is 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 slipperier body, while still boasting the same charging capabilities as the ID.4

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

    The company has also confirmed the ID.5 GTX will come with IQ.Light LED matrix headlights.

    They sit on a front fascia that’s essentially identical to that of the ID.4 GTX. Apart from the sloping roof, the rear of the ID.5 GTX is also almost identical with its full-width lighting.

    The most obvious 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 has a more steeply raked rear window.

    Standard on the ID.4 GTX are 20-inch wheels, with 21-inch wheels optional.

    An optional Sports package lowers the suspensions by 15mm and adds progressive rate steering, while the Sports Plus package adds adaptive suspension.

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

    A Volkswagen Australia spokesperson previously confirmed that there were “no plans” to bring the ID.4 GTX to Australia, with the same expected with the ID.5 GTX.

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

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

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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