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Volkswagen announced today that a higher-performance version of the upcoming ID.4 will be produced. Could be a real competitor to the Mach-E.




Autocar said:
Volkswagen technology chief Matthias Rabe says the company has chosen to base its first electric performance model on the ID 4, a 4.6m-long SUV, so it can take advantage of four-wheel-drive.

As first revealed by Autocar, Volkswagen is set to introduce the GTX badge for a range of hot ID models. But while the Golf-size ID 3 seems a natural choice for a sporting model, Rabe confirmed our report that Volkswagen’s first hot EV will be a version of one of the two SUVs that are set to spawn from the ID Crozz concept.

While he declined to comment on the use of the GTX badge – designed match the existing GTI, GTD and GTE brands for petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid machines – he did confirm Autocar's report that the first series performance electric model would be based on the ID 4.

Rabe noted that the initial electric performance cars would appeal to “different customers” from long-time GTI fans. He said using the ID 4 “makes sense” because it will be offered with a twin-motor set-up that offers four-wheel drive and extra power, while the ID 3 hatch will only be available in single-motor, rear-wheel-drive form.

“At the moment, we need four-wheel drive for the performance version,” said Rabe. “I drove a component test car [for the ID 4 GTX] recently; you get fantastic response and can make fantastic drifts. It’s easy to control and will do exactly what you say.”

The ID 4 will initially launch with a rear-drive powertrain expected to offer up to 201bhp and 229lb ft of torque from a rear-mounted electric motor. It will be followed by a four-wheel-drive model that adds a front-mounted motor, taking its overall output to 302bhp and 332lb ft. The model will be offered with a range of battery sizes, the largest of which will offer a range of around 310 miles.

Rabe didn’t rule out an ID 3 GTX being produced at some point, saying that it would “make a fantastic sports car”.

When asked whether the hot hatch had a future given the rise of electric cars, Rabe said: "With electrification, we will see some other possibilities for compact sporty cars. In the ID family for sure we will see some sporty versions, but in a different way."

The ID 4 SUV will be followed by a coupe version badged ID 5, and that model will also gain a hot GTX version utilising the same powertrain.

Volkswagen’s R division is currently working on high-performance electric models, and the first of those is set to be an ID 3 R. Due to be launched by 2024, the model will feature four-wheel-drive along with extensively reworked motor and battery systems. The powertrain and batteries will be developed with help from Volkswagen Motorsport, using its learning with the record-breaking ID R hillclimb machine.
 

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Will the actually make it? If so, will the U.S. ever see it? Or will Europe swallow them up?
 

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Will the actually make it? If so, will the U.S. ever see it? Or will Europe swallow them up?
I heard VW is delaying shipments of EVs to the US because they can't secure enough batteries. It might be years until we see any ID4, whether that's the standard model or this GTX model.
 

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Will the actually make it? If so, will the U.S. ever see it? Or will Europe swallow them up?
Now we know what the ID4 will look like. VW is going to have a real competitor to the Mach-E at dealers in the next year or so. Their strategy is to quickly spin-off models from the ID.3 platform. I read that VW has like 18 models planned from this platform

I have to say, the ID4 looks pretty ordinary to me despite the swooping character line along the side. I think the Mach-E looks better.

VW ID4 vs. MachE?
 

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It looks significantly smaller than the MME, more like the Bolt/Leaf/Kona size. Of course, we haven't seen interior specs.
 

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it looks messy, 5 windows on the side, then the C pillar and a spoiler...i am a long time VW fan but the ID.3 and the ID.4 are not design winners (ID.3 with the strange black "plastic" rim on the hood)
 

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I wish they released the minibus version. I would possibly have considered that.
 
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IMO Volkswagen can't make a good looking car. I also owned a Jetta that was falling apart after year one. I'll never buy another VW.
 
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