Volkswagen's electric ID. plans just got more exciting.
The Volkswagen ID.3 recently started production, marking the beginning of a new electric era. In the US, the first electric Volkswagen ID. model that will go on sale will be the production version of the ID. Crozz electric crossover. Other future ID. models have been previewed by concept models, including the recently unveiled ID. Space Vizzion wagon.
While VW's ID. models are aimed at the mass market, Autocar reports the German automaker is plotting a new high-performance ID. range to please enthusiasts.
High-ranking sources have confirmed to the publication the new high-performance electric range will be badged as GTX models, continuing VW's tradition of using the GT names for performance-focused models such as the Golf GTI, GTD, and GTE.
One of the models that will get the GTX performance treatment will be the production version of the ID. Crozz, which Autocar claims is likely to be called the ID.5 GTX in its most powerful guise. Volkswagen hasn't confirmed when the first GTX will launch, but sources revealed that development of a high-performance ID.5 is ongoing at the company's Braunschweig R&D center in Germany and is likely to be unveiled by early 2021.
Like the GTI, the new GTX range will feature sporty exterior and interior upgrades to distinguish them from regular ID. models. The 'X' also reportedly refers to four-wheel drive, so it seems likely that performance-focused ID models will adopt a twin-motor set-up, with one motor powering the front wheels and a second driving the rear wheels.
Currently, VW's fastest ID model is the 201-hp version of the ID.3. But since it only has a single rear-mounted electric motor, GTX variants should be significantly more powerful. If GTX models are the electric equivalent of VW's hot GTI models, what about the hardcore R range? Well, according to Autocar Volkswagen is also considering giving ID. models the R Performance treatment, too. Suddenly, VW's ID. plans just got a lot more exciting.