Volkswagen's Sportiest Electric Model Arrives Next Month

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But will the ID.5 GTX come to the US after its Munich reveal?

The Volkswagen Group has doubled its electric vehicle sales so far in 2021, and the company wants to keep up that momentum by revealing new models. A recent teaser showed off the brand's upcoming EV model called the ID.5, and we now know when it will debut. The ID.5 GTX will make its debut On September 7 at the 2021 IAA Munich Motor Show. Think of the ID.5 as a sportier coupe version of the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 GTX akin to the Atlas Cross Sport.

As a reminder, the ID.4 GTX debuted a few months ago sporting electric motors on the front and rear axles, creating an all-wheel-drive setup. The motors combine to produce 295 horsepower and enable a 0-60 mph sprint in 6.2 seconds. With a 77-kWh usable battery, VW says the car can travel 497 kilometers (308 miles) on the WLTP cycle.

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VW has yet to confirm if the ID.5 will arrive in the United States, but since it shares the MEB platform with the ID.4, it wouldn't be too expensive to offer it here. The ID.4 GTX isn't currently available in the US, so the ID.5 variant would likely remain a European-only option. If the ID.5 does come stateside, we'd expect it to yield the same power and range figures as the ID.4 AWD Pro.

VW of America says the US-spec ID.4 AWD hits 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and can travel up to 249 miles on the EPA cycle. The ID.5 should also spawn a rear-wheel-drive version producing 201 hp and a slightly higher driving range.

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The ID.5 looks pretty similar to the ID.4 up front, but things get unique when you move further back. This car features a more coupe-like roofline, similar to a Mercedes GLE Coupe. At the rear, the ID.5 gets an integrated rear spoiler, adding some sporty flavor. Though the ID.5 will have less cargo space than the ID.4, the coupe-like shape may add a few more miles to the driving range.

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