VW has tried to disguise this ID.5 prototype to look like a Kia.
Just after VW announced plans to significantly increase battery production and switch to a single-cell battery format to reduce costs at its inaugural Power Day event, our spy photographers have spotted the German automaker testing a new addition to the ID. family: the ID.5.
Essentially a sporty coupe SUV version of the ID.4 electric crossover, the ID.5 has started winter testing for the first time. While previous prototypes were finished in black, this example is white and is virtually undisguised, giving us a clear look at the coupe SUV's sleek curves. Like previous prototypes, VW has camouflaged the grille to make it look like a Kia, but this is futile since we already know what the ID.4's front fascia looks like.
VW also tried to use a T-Roc to block the prototype from our prying photographers, but it was too late. To distinguish it from its regular ID.4 sibling, the ID.5 has a sloping roof and a rear spoiler with an integrated brake light, giving the coupe SUV a sportier look.
The interior should also adopt an identical layout to the ID.4, which is equipped with a 5.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a ten-inch infotainment screen. Also expect the ID.5 to share the same powertrain options as the ID.4, including a single electric motor producing 201 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque combined with an 82-kWh battery providing 250 miles of range.
A dual-motor version will also join the lineup with all-wheel-drive and a combined 302 hp along with a more powerful GTX variant. Production of the ID.5 will take place at Zwickau, Germany, alongside the ID.3 and ID.4 after it debuts in the second half of the year.
Surprisingly, VW is not planning to sell the ID.5 in America, despite the ID.4's popularity. The ID.6 also doesn't have any direct competition unless BMW launches an electric version of the X4. Instead, VW's stylish electric coupe SUV will only be sold in Europe. Slotting above the ID.5 will be the larger ID.6 that will be sold exclusively in China with an extended wheelbase, but the regular version could still come to America.