Volkswagen Cooking Up High-Performance Electric Crossover

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This is our first look at the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX.

The production version of the Volkswagen ID.4 hasn't debuted yet, but our spies have already caught VW testing a new high-performance version of the electric crossover with very little camouflage. Reports have claimed VW will launch sporty "GTX" versions of its electric ID. models, so this could be our first look at the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX.

Volkswagen has attempted to disguise the prototype with a fake grille and exhaust tips, but we can still see some noticeable changes. Whereas the production ID.4 adopts a hatchback-style roofline, the GTX prototype sports a more stylish, coupe-style sloping roof that more closely resembles the original Crozz concept. Inevitably, this will reduce the rear headroom and luggage space.

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A rear spoiler also gives the GTX a sportier look than the regular ID.4, hinting at its increased performance. Think of the GTX moniker as the VW's electric equivalent of the GTI range, with the 'X' referring to a four-wheel-drive system.

Whereas the ID.4 will initially be sold with a single electric motor and rear-wheel drive, it's believed that GTX models will use a twin-motor setup with one motor powering the front wheels and a second driving the rear wheels. The regular rear-wheel-drive ID.4 is expected to offer 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque, but an all-wheel drive version will join the lineup at a later date.

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With its dual-motor setup, the ID. Crozz concept produced 302 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque while delivering an electric range of up to 310 miles on a single charge. We would expect the high-performance GTX version to use two 201-hp motors, bringing the total output to 402 hp. This might not be the most powerful version of the ID.4 either, as Volkswagen is considering giving its electric ID. models the hardcore R treatment.

Volkswagen was going to lift the covers off the production ID.4 at the 2020 New York Auto Show this month, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed its debut, so the GTX probably won't break cover until next year.

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