Volkswagen has showcased the sporty variant of the ID.4. It is the first time a vehicle based on the ID. platform sports a GTX badge. Volkswagen also shed some light on its plans regarding EV sales and investments
Volkswagen ID.4 GTX, a more souped-up version of the ID.4 that recently won the World Car Of The Year, 2021 Award has been launched internationally. The prices start from 50,415 Euros which converts to Rs 45,29,243, and Volkswagen has confirmed that the deliveries in the European markets will begin in Summer 2021.
With the GTX suffix, the ID.4 brings along another electric motor, mounted on the front axle. That offers an all-wheel-drive layout and bumps up the power output. The standard ID.4 puts out 201bhp, whereas the GTX model can work up to 294bhp. The increase in power has translated to a faster 0-100km/hr time. The standard car does a 0-100km/hr run in 8.5 seconds while the sporty GTX makes the same run in a span of 6.2 seconds. The top speed has been limited to 180km/hr.
The design on the outside as well as inside remains unchanged, but Volkswagen has made a few tweaks to distinguish the SUV with the GTX badge. For starters, the pseudo air ducts upfront on the standard car get a unique light arrangement within. While the design of the headlamp is the same, the headlamp elements are different. The ID.4 GTX sports a dual-tone paint scheme where the roof, pillars, and rear spoiler come gloss black. The rear end does not showcase much of a styling change. For now, we know that the GTX is available in two colour options, a glossy shade of Red and a subtle chalk Grey. More colours could be introduced in the later phase of it's sales.
The cabin gets body-coloured inserts on the dashboard and door cards. The body-coloured highlights are even observed on the steering wheel. The seats for the front two occupants are the sporty ones with the GTX stitching. The infotainment system is the same as the standard car and so is the steering wheel. However, the soft-touch points on the dashboard get leatherette inserts finished in a dark shade of X-Blue with contrasting red stitching.
At the launch, Volkswagen spoke about increasing its electric vehicle sales target up to 70 per cent by 2030. Volkswagen also plans on becoming climate-neutral by 2050. In the next four years, Volkswagen will have invested around 16 billion euros in electric mobility, hybridisation, and digitalisation.
While the ID.4 GTX is Volkswagen's interpretation of a sporty SUV in an electric form, earlier in the week, Hyundai showcased the more powerful and track-breed version of the Kona, the Kona N and you can read about the petrol-powered hot SUV here.