Volkswagen has expanded its range of electric car releasing the VW ID.5, a fastback type crossover developed as a more elegant alternative to ID. 4. It ushers in several new technological features, but is built on the same core platform as both ID.4 crossover sold here and the ID.3 compact sedan which is not. Autoblog learned from a company spokesperson that there are currently no plans to bring the ID.5 to the United States either.
There is a clear family resemblance linking the Volkswagen ID.5 and the VW ID.4. Preview of a concept close to production at Monaco 2021 auto show, the 5 wears a grille-less front, rear lights and thin LED strips on either side of the Volkswagen emblem. It’s not a Xerox copy of the 4, its front bumper has a sportier design, but it’s unmistakably part of the growing ID family.
Viewed from the side, the roofline rises above the front passengers and flows into a relatively high rear accentuated by a generously sized spoiler. You can call the ID.5 coupe, fastback, a crossover, on SUV, or any combination of these labels; Volkswagen says it is above all forward-looking: “The ID.5 is the body style of the future: aerodynamic, expressive, sporty and with little overhang,” said Jozef Kabaň, head of the company’s design department. He is right; also Volvo It crushed the roofline of the XC40 in the name of design.
Kabaň added that the construction of the ID.5 on the MEB platform – which was developed to support electric vehicles – allowed his team to give it a spacious cabin despite the lower roof. Volkswagen noted that the ID.5 offers around half an inch less headroom for rear passengers than the ID.4.
Under the sheet metal, the biggest novelty is related to technology. Volkswagen has programmed the ID.5 with what it calls ID. Software version 3.0, which offers over-the-air software updates and activation of additional functions, as well as improved charging performance, among other features. Almost everything else inside is shared between the ID.4 and the ID.5, although the trunk of the latter is inevitably a little smaller. Additionally, sports seats (shown in the gallery above) are available for an additional fee, along with an augmented reality head-up display.
At launch, the portfolio will include the standard ID.5, which features a rear-mounted electric motor, and the sleek ID.5 GTX, which benefits from a dual-motor all-wheel drive system. with the great battery pack, which in the ID.4 has 77 kWh of usable capacity and a range of up to 260 miles. The details of the battery and autonomy of the ID.5 have not yet been published.
Volkswagen dealers across Europe it will begin receiving the GTX ID.5 and ID.5 in 2022. Pricing has not yet been announced.