Volkswagen introduces the ID.5 GTX electric SUV coupe concept

Lionel Kong

Looking like a larger, electric version of its new VW Taigo, the car could roll into production very soon


Hot on the heels of the new Volkswagen Taigo SUV coupe is the ID.5 GTX concept, essentially a larger, all-electric sibling of the Taigo. The ID.5 GTX is set to make its debut on 7th September 2021 at the Munich Motor Show and is the first Volkswagen SUV coupe built on its Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform.

Apparently, the GTX abbreviation attached to the name is meant to represent the brand’s new sporty SUV electric range, continuing on from the tradition of the GTI, GTD, and GTE names.

The ID.5 GTX is actually the second car in the brand’s recent history to carry the GTX badge. The first was the ID.4 GTX urban SUV, launched in April of this year but not available in Singapore.

Volkswagen’s first GTX car was the ID.4 GTX, launched in April 2021
There are no images of the ID.5 GTX’s cabin yet, but it should be very similar to this, the cabin of the VW ID.4 GTX

The new ID.5 GTX has four-wheel drive powered by a pair of electric motors, one each on the front and rear axle. Its projected driving range is said to be up to 497km under the WLTP testing protocol, with energy coming from a large 77KwH lithium-ion battery pack fitted within the floor of the car. Volkswagen has not disclosed any stats of the new car, but it should be very close to that of the current ID.4 GTX, which features a peak power output of 295 horsepower and a 0 to 100km/h acceleration time of 6.2 seconds.

In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t sound very quick for a sporty electric vehicle, ever since Tesla made sub five-second 0 to 100km/h times the norm. Even the very chunky Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 manages to do the sprint in 5.1 seconds. Still, there may be hidden talents in Volkswagen’s GTX line that are not yet evident until driven.  

The front of the ID.5 GTX features Volkswagen’s IQ.Light LED matrix headlights, with a light strip that tapers towards the Volkswagen logo. The coupe silhouette starts with the sloping A pillars positioned very far forwards, giving the roof line an elegant flow and tapering out in an integrated rear spoiler. At the rear, the now fashionable light strip is worked in with 3D LED taillight housings. 

Volkswagen has an ambitious goal with the aim of making 70 percent of its cars sold in Europe be all-electric models by 2030, and with the manufacturer becoming carbon neutral by 2050. 

Despite the ID.5 GTX currently being billed as a concept, it is almost production-ready as the components that the car will be built from is already part of the brand’s factory production line. Volkswagen has stated that the car should be available by early 2022. However Volkswagen Singapore has not yet confirmed if any of the brand’s all-electric ID series electric cars will be sold here yet, instead hedging its bets on mild hybrids like the new Volkswagen Golf


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Lionel Kong

An old hand from the bad old days of crazy COEs, the straight-shooting, ex-CarBuyer editor is back in the four-wheeled world. Rumours that he went to another country to start a Judas Priest tribute band are unfounded.

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