This isn't what we wanted to hear.
The Volkswagen ID.4 has yet to arrive in the US and already the German automaker is planning a coupe body style version set to be called the ID.5. Our spy photographers very recently snapped images of an advanced prototype at the Nurburgring and rendered images of the production model were created based on those photos. We very much liked what we saw thanks to the newly sloped roofline and reshaped rear windows.
But now Automotive News Europe is reporting the upcoming ID.5 coupe crossover will not be coming to the US. It will be a European model only. The official confirmation came directly from VW's e-mobility chief, Thomas Ulrich. Unfortunately, no specific reason(s) was provided regarding VW's decision on this matter.
The report also does not rule out the possibility the automaker could later reverse its decision if circumstances change. Currently, the ID.4 is only being built at VW's Zwickau factory in Germany but this will soon expand to include the Chattanooga, Tennessee factory as well. VW plans to invest $800 million in that facility specifically for ID.4 production, so it's entirely possible an ID.5 assembly line could be added later down the road.
One possible reason behind the decision involves cost; the ID.5's price tag could simply be more than what Americans are willing to pay for a VW.
The ID.4 will begin at $39,995 before the $7,500 federal tax incentive. The top trim ID.4 Pro S has a starting price tag of $44,495. Coupe body styles are typically already more expensive than their SUV counterparts, so it's likely the ID.5 would need to start at nearly $45k to justify the business case.
At that price, you're already at Audi Q4 e-tron territory. That luxury EV, which will have a more a coupe-look appearance, is slated to go on sale sometime next year.