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Volkswagen ID 5 and ID 5 GTX Unveiled

Volkswagen ID 5 GTX

The German Automotive giant, Volkswagen has unveiled the ID 5 and ID 5 GTX EVs. This makes it the third EV to join the ID family after ID 3 and ID 4. The ID 5 design seems to be inspired by the ID 4 SUV. However, VW has given it minor changes to distinguish both these EVs. 

Volkswagen ID 5 Design 

Volkswagen ID 5 and ID 5 GTX
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In terms of design, the ID 5 follows the signature design of the ID family. It looks very similar to the previously launched ID 4 SUV. In the front, it gets a sleek LED headlamp and a bold and sporty front bumper. The only thing differentiating these two EVs is the rear sloping roofline which gives it a coupe-like stance and a boot lip spoiler. This aerodynamic design gives the EV a drag co-efficient of 0.26, slightly lower than the ID 4. 

The Crossover is built on VW’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform. Which also underpins the ID 4 SUV. It also has a similar length and wheelbase but has 12 mm less headroom compared to the ID 4. 

On the inside, the EV gets a similar dashboard layout as the ID 4. It gets an identical infotainment system but an updated version with faster response times. The sportier GTX variant gets special ‘GTX’ badging on the seats. 

Volkswagen ID 5 Battery and motor options 

The Crossover is available in three trims: Pro, Pro Performance and GTX. It is powered by a 77kWh battery with two choices of electric motor. You can choose between a 174 bhp motor (Pro) and a 204 bhp motor (Pro Performance). With improved aerodynamics, it gets a slight boost of the range which is now 520km. Matching the 135kW charging rate of the ID 4 the ID 5 is also capable of charging up to 80% in less than 30minutes. 

The performance-focused GTX version gets the same battery pack but an extra electric motor on the front axle. This pushes up the power to a total of 299 bhp. But the downside is that the range comes down to 489km. 

The Pro variant is capable of going from 0-100 kmph in 10.4 seconds, Pro Performance takes 8.4 seconds and the GTX takes just 6.3 seconds. 

Will the EV make it to India? 

Volkswagen plans on bringing the ID 4 SUV to the Indian market in 2022. We expect the ID 5 to debut after the ID 4 but as of now, there is no official statement on this. There is no direct competitor for the Crossover. However, it goes against luxury EVs like Mercedes-Benz EQC, Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportsback. 

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