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2021 VW ID lineup will include ID.4 GTX, ID.5 & Updated ID.3

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Autocar is reporting that Volkswagen's ID lineup for 2021 will include the ID.4 GTX, the ID.5 and an updated ID.3 that will deliver faster charging times.

They also spoke with VW CEO Ralf Brandstätter who confirmed they will be followed by the ID.Buzz and ID Vizzion sedan and wagon in 2023.

Volkswagen will ramp up plans to become the global leader in electric car sales in 2021 with the launch of a high-performance GTX variant of the ID 4 SUV and a new ID 5 coupé-crossover. The two new models will be joined by an updated ID 3 capable of delivering faster charging times.

VW CEO Ralf Brandstätter has confirmed that they will be followed by production versions of the long-anticipated retro-styled ID Buzz in 2022 and the ID Vizzion saloon and estate in 2023.

Those vehicles will all be built on the VW Group’s EV-only MEB architecture. In the longer term, work is intensifying on a more compact MEB-Lite platform, which will underpin the planned ID 1 hatch and ID 2 crossover.

VW scaling up EV targets

Although VW had previously predicted that EVs would make up 35% of its total sales by the end of the decade, Brandstätter said the firm is looking to raise that target. “We see the potential for electric models to take up to 55% of our annual sales by 2030,” he said.

The renewed optimism follows the launch of the ID 3 and the recent unveiling of the ID 4, which has just gone on sale in China, VW’s largest single market. In China, VW’s two main joint-venture partners will sell different locally produced variants of the SUV, with VW-FAW offering the ID 4 Crozz and VW-SAIC selling the ID 4 X.

The ID 4 will also be the first model in the range to be built and sold in the US and marks a major escalation in VW’s electric ambitions.

The more aggressive target also reflects the increasing number of countries, including the UK, that have set dates for the switch to zero-emission-only new cars and VW’s rapid expansion of its EV plans. The VW Group is committed to spending £64 billion on electric, hybrid and digital technology developments in the next five years.

ID 4 GTX to showcase electric performance

Kicking off the next wave of ID models is the new ID 4 GTX, which is due to reach the UK in the middle of next year under a marketing campaign led by the slogan ‘Fun without regret’. It will be the first model to use the new GTX tag, which will sit alongside the long-running GTI badge in VW’s performance line-up.

The hot crossover-style SUV forgoes the single-motor rear-wheel-drive layout of standard ID models already on sale for a dual-motor four-wheel-drive set-up that will yield a combined 302bhp and 339lb ft. That’s sufficient for 0-62mph in 6.2sec and a 112mph top speed together with a range of up to 286 miles on a standard 82kWh battery.

Around the same time as the ID 4 GTX arrives in the UK, VW will also launch its third dedicated electric model, the ID 5. Based heavily on the ID 4 – alongside which it will initially be produced at VW’s Zwickau factory before moving to a permanent production home at the current Passat facility in Emden – it takes the coupé-like SUV styling of the earlier ID Crozz Coupé concept into production, with a heavily curved roofline and a liftback-style tailgate featuring an integrated spoiler element.

The electric drivetrain line-up for the ID 5 has yet to be revealed, although it is likely to mirror the ID 4’s. VW insiders say the ID 5 range will include a choice of single-motor rear drive and dual-motor four-wheel drive, including the top-of-the-line 302bhp performance set-up used in the headlining ID 5 GTX model.

The ID 3 will also benefit from ongoing developments next year, including an increase in charging power. Buyers will be offered the choice of a 130kW system by mid-2021 and a 170kW system by the end of next year, up from the current maximum of 100kW. The 170kW set-up is claimed to deliver 121 miles of range in 10 minutes using a DC charger.

VW is also promising a moderate increase in range for all ID 3 models through the end of next year. The Pro S is set to offer up to an extra 24 miles from its 77kWh battery, to 360 miles, due in part to software improvements and advances in thermal management and cell efficiency.

Electric campervan revival to be new ‘halo car’

The big focus for VW in 2022 will be the launch of the production version of the ID Buzz, which draws heavily on the styling of the T2 Transporter and is described by Brandstätter as “a halo car for the brand”. Expected to be called the ID 7, the electric MPV will remain largely true to the look of the ID Buzz concept revealed in 2017.

The ID 7 will have lines intended to recall the shape of the original Microbus, a combination of conventionally hinged front doors and electrically operated automatic rear sliding doors and wheels up to 21in in diameter. Its generously dimensioned interior will stretch to 2860mm in length and have a standard seven-seat layout with three rows of seats.

Together with the seven-seat version aimed at family car buyers, VW is planning a commercial vehicle derivative of the roomy MPV. Both variants will be produced alongside an electric version of the upcoming seventh-generation Transporter at the German car maker’s Hanover plant in Germany. The ID 7 will be produced in both standard- and long-wheelbase guises and with a choice of rear- and four-wheel drive.

The ID 7 will be the largest model to be based on VW’s MEB electric car platform. In standard-wheelbase guise, it runs to 4962mm in length, 1985mm in width and 1896mm in height. Even though it is expected to be sold with a standard 82kWh battery, its large frontal area means it won’t be able to match the range offered by other ID models. “It won’t have a 700km [435-mile] range but something around 400km [248 miles] due to the aero,” said Brandstätter.

A wide range of colour and trim combinations are planned for the ID 7. It will also feature a number of special touches, including a smiling emoji symbol within the inner door handles in various specifications, an ice scraper and bottle opener within the front middle stowage box and an umbrella graphic that is made visible within the base of the windscreen when the wipers are in use.

Following the ID 7, VW plans to launch the production version of its earlier ID Vizzion concepts in both saloon and estate bodystyles as the ID 6 (Autocar, 25 November). The model is described as being similar in size to today’s Passat but with the interior space of the discontinued Phaeton in saloon guise.

The ID 6 will be offered in standard single-motor rear- and optional dual-motor four-wheel-drive forms, with a performance-oriented GTX model set to top the line-up when it arrives in 2023.

All ID 6s will offer charging at up to 200kW. Although the model is still three years from being launched in the UK, VW says the ID 6 will have a range of up to 435 miles on the WLTP test cycle.
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Here's a rendering and the latest on the ID.4 GTX -

The VW ID.4 GTX, the performance variant of the VW ID.4, will debut globally by June this year, Volkswagen has announced. In a press release, the company has confirmed that the VW ID.4 GTX features an all-wheel drive layout.

TopElectricSUV brings you the first look of the ID.4 GTX based on two aspects: styling differences observed on GTX test prototypes, and the body changes that differentiate GTI variants. Our ID.4 GTX adopts a red crossbar along the light strip, GTX lettering under the bonnet, fog lamps in the front bumper as observed in spy shots, side body graphics, D-Pillar decoration and sporty wheels.

Announcing the Accelerate strategy last month, Volkswagen said that it plans to “rapidly accelerate” the expansion of its BEV line-up. The company targets an increase in the share of BEV sales to over 70% in Europe and over 50% in the US and China. To this end, Volkswagen will come out with at least one new BEV model every year. The all-wheel-drive ID.4 GTX will kick things off in the first half of 2021, followed by the sporty VW ID.5 in the second half of 2021.

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Maybe the reveal of the GTX will be sooner that "by June". This was posted today.

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