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Well ... the key engineering metrics affecting range are weight, drag coefficient and frontal area. And car makers almost never announce frontal area. I still don't know the official frontal area for the ID.4. I'm guessing 2.45 square meters for the ID.4 and I'd make the same guess for the ID.5, as it looks about the same as the ID.4 from the front.Cargo vs Cd & range?
Thanks for the linksMedia advisory: World premiere of Volkswagen ID.5 SUV coupe and ID.5 GTX
Nov 2, 2021
Herndon, VA — Volkswagen AG will introduce its ID.5 and GTX on November 3rd.
The Volkswagen ID.5 is the first fully electric SUV coupe from Volkswagen, designed as a top-of-the-line model that is based on Volkswagen’s pioneering modular electric drive matrix. The model will be launched in Europe.
U.S. media interested in ID.5 and ID.5 GTX materials should access the Volkswagen AG Newsroom: materials will be able from 10 am CET.
An ID.5 / ID.5 GTX reveal film will be accessible on Volkswagen AG Newsroom stream from 2.00 pm CET.
Version 3.0 is definitely coming to all ID cars as well as the 135kW charging enhancement. Travel Assist auto lane change (and Park Train auto parking) require enhanced sensors which will be arriving in the ID.5 timeframe to the best of my knowledge; not sure if already sold cars can be upgraded or not (probably not). That leaves bi-directional charging - not sure if there was new hardware installed to support this.135kW charging and 29 minutes 5-80%
Auto lane change for the Travel Assist
Vehicle to Load capability
Version 3.0 software
It's not clear if any of this will be made available to 2021 ID4s in the USA.
Aerodynamics are interesting and sometimes counter intuitive. I watched a documentary on Carol Shelby where his head designer created a new body shape vs the cobra and increased top speed substantially. He used an old, french design book that dealt with the rear shape of the car. Wondering if this is similar. Thanks for the link.When Audi made a Sportback version of the original e-Tron, it lost range… so who knows? (Here’s a link that confirms the Sportback loses 4 miles of range compared to its long-roofed sibling, in case, like me, you would assume the Sportback would do better in the range dept: https://www.kbb.com/comparison/2022-audi-e-tron-sportback-vs-2022-polestar-2/)