Crossovers and SUVs usually aren’t the most stylish vehicles to drive around town with. It’s no wonder why manufacturers are building more “coupe-SUVs” given all their popularity. With that, Volkswagen’s upcoming ID.5 GTX should come as no surprise anymore. It’s effectively a more stylish version of the ID.4 crossover, and it’s arriving next month.
The ID.5 GTX will be the first coupe-SUV model to utilize Volkswagen’s new MEB platform. So far, the automaker has yet to reveal the stylish SUV in full just yet. Instead, we’re shown a thinly camouflaged prototype. But if anything, the production model will look more or less like the camouflaged model.
Design-wise, the ID.5 GTX very much resembles the ID.4, especially upfront with the slim headlights and aggressive-looking bumper. However, it’s a different story at the back. There’s a sloping C-pillar giving the electric crossover a more stylish look. It also adopts a unique set of LED taillights with a 3D effect. While it does look good, it does sacrifice trunk space and headroom.
As the model’s name implies, the GTX is the “sportiest” variant out of the bunch, similar to the GTI, GTD, and GTE. With that, the ID.5 GTX will be powered by two electric motors, one on each axle, giving it all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, no powertrain figures have been released. However, Volkswagen did say it will have a projected range of up to 497 kilometers thanks to a large lithium-ion battery.
There’s no image of the interior yet, but it could be lifted directly from the ID.4. Volkswagen may also make a few tweaks to the cabin to distinguish the two models.
The ID.5 GTX will officially debut this September at the 2021 IAA Munich Motor Show. Let’s hope it won’t suffer the same fate as the 2021 New York Auto Show, which was canceled at the last minute.