Volkswagen presents off-road ID.4 concept

At the ID. meetup in Locarno, VW presented the ID. XTREME. The fully electric concept off-roader with all-wheel drive is based on the ID.4 GTX. However, the technical changes not only affect the off-road chassis, but also the electric drive – and even make it into series production.

A performance drive on the rear axle as well as software adjustments to the drive control unit increase the system power of the off-road study by 65 kW to 285 kW compared to the ID.4 GTX, according to VW. This makes the one-off the most powerful ID. model to date. The most powerful production models based on the MEB currently produce 220 kW.

“The modular electric drive matrix (MEB) has enormous technical potential,” says Silke Bagschik, head of the MEB series. “For many of our customers, vehicles are much more than just a means of transport. With the ID. XTREME, we are raising electric mobility from VW to a new performance level.”

The most obvious changes, however, are not to the powertrain. A rally chassis has been used to raise the ID.4 for the one-off, and special off-road tyres have been fitted to the 18-inch wheels. A bumper has been added to the front crash structure, and the 3D-printed mudguard is also 50 millimetres wider. Additional LED lighting is installed on the roof rack. However: information on the off-road characteristics of the ID. EXTREME, such as ground clearance, fording depth, ramp and slope angles or the entanglement. The photos published by Volkswagen only show the vehicle on light terrain.

On whether the ID. XTREME will remain a pure concept, Bagschik explains: “We are really eager to find out how the fans of electromobility react to the vehicle. Based on the feedback from our community, we will decide how to proceed with the project.”

The ‘ID. Treffen’, as VW called their meetup, was modelled on the GTI meetup at Lake Wörth in Austria by private members of the ID. Drivers Club, with Volkswagen as a supporting partner. With the ID. Extreme, VW is also continuing the tradition of the concept cars that were previously built for the GTI meeting.

With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.


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