It has been an open secret for some time that VW would soon be launching a coupé offshoot of the ID.4, the ID.5, after the ID.3 and VW ID.4. Now VW brand CEO Ralf Brandstätter has confirmed that the coupé SUV, which will also be built in Zwickau, will be launched in the second half of 2021.
The first pre-production vehicles of the ID.5 are already being produced. VW is not giving any further details at the moment, but the MEB has already specified some key points. The ID.5 will probably use the 77 kWh battery of the ID.4 and its 150 kW electric motor. It is likely that there will also be an all-wheel-drive version of the ID.5 called GTX, where the 150 kW motor in the rear would be supplemented by a 75 kW electric motor on the front axle, resulting in 225 kW system output.
In terms of length, the ID.5 is likely to be based on the 4.58 metres of the ID.4, with a few centimetres of deviation (probably longer rather than shorter) possible due to the differently designed roofline. As with the Audi e-tron and its coupé offshoot, the e-tron Sportback, the ID.5 should be more efficient than the ID.4 thanks to its better aerodynamics. The sleeker ID.5 should therefore exceed the latter’s maximum WLTP range of 522 kilometres – at the expense of utility, of course.
In contrast to the electric SUV ID.4, which was designed as a world car, the ID.5 is not to be offered globally. In November, Thomas Ulbrich, then eMobility and now Chief Development Officer, indicated that a global rollout was not planned. “It would be too early for that,” Ulbrich told German media at the time. “Worldwide, the basic model is coming first, and that is the ID.4.”
It is not known whether the ID.5 will only be extended upwards to include the GTX models or will also receive a smaller battery as an entry-level version. Earlier in February, Volkswagen had unveiled the ID.4 with a 52 kWh battery and a 125 kW engine – instead of the 77 kWh and 150 kW. After promotion, this variant costs less than 30,000 euros.
VW has not yet mentioned possible prices for the ID.5 – but with a premiere in the second half of the year, this info will probably not be long in coming.
With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.
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