VW “ID” family of electric models has just acquired its third member with the ID.5 which comes as an interesting alternative to the standard ID.4. The similarities between the German company’s two electrics are more than superficial but that doesn’t change the fact that the all-new ID.5 is, as Volkswagen chief Ralf Brandstatter describes it, “electric, sporty and elegant”.
In appearance, the two models look very similar to the middle column, while from that point on and backwards, the ID.5 is differentiated thanks to its distinctive coupe design.
The roof is clearly more inclined as we approach the rear, giving Volkswagen’s new EV a more athletic stance even if it comes at the expense of the space for the rear passengers’ heads (less than 12 mm compared to the ID.4) and the length of the luggage compartment which in any case offers a capacity of 549 liters.
The interior is practically identical, although the ID.5 premieres the latest version of Volkswagen’s infotainment and infotainment system that promises faster response times, improved voice command system, etc.
As far as the mechanical parts are concerned, the similarities between the ID.4 and the ID.5 continue as the two models not only share the same architecture, the same length and the same wheelbase but also all that is related to the driving sets.
The VW ID.5 will be available in three different versions, all with the electric motor mounted on the rear axle. Only the “hot” ID.5 GTX will come with two electric motors, one on each axle obviously and all-wheel drive capabilities.
The basic version will be offered with 175 or 204 horsepower while the addition of the additional electric motor to the front axle, raises the GTX’s horsepower to 300 horses.
All versions are equipped with a 77 kWh battery that ensures a range of 520 km for two-wheel drive and 489 km for the four-wheel drive GTX while the maximum charging rate reaches, as in the ID.4, 135 kW which means practically the load can reach 80% in just 30 minutes.
More details as well as the price of VW’s new electric will be closer to its official launch on the market sometime in ’22.