Volkswagen is on a roll with the ID.4. It's selling decently in its home market, and it was also crowned as the 2021 World Car of The Year, further cementing its reputation in the automotive world.
But Volkswagen isn't done with the ID.4 just yet. They want to show the world it can also be a high-performance vehicle. The result is the ID.4 GTX.
Some might say it doesn’t look too different from a standard ID.4. But this is Volkswagen we're talking about, and they prefer a more discreet way of styling performance models. Just take a look at the GTI.
The GTX variant has three-point LED lights mounted vertically in the faux air intakes, LED matrix headlights for improved visibility, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and a 3D LED taillight cluster with brake lights that form an X motif. Besides those subtle revisions, Volkswagen also fitted 20-inch alloy wheels as standard on the ID.4 GTX.
Volkswagen was also busy giving the GTX a sportier interior. Borrowing styling cues from the Golf GTI, it gets red accents throughout the cabin, adding contrast to the black interior. There's also a 30-color ambient LED lighting system that can be set to red to match the sporty accents. Leather seats feature GTX embroidery for added flair.
In terms of amenities, the ID.4 comes standard with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system but is upgradable to a 12-inch unit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, adjustable folding armrests at the front, split-folding rear seats, and a heads-up display round up the other features.
Giving the ID.4 GTX extra wattage are a pair of electric motors. Whereas the standard ID.4 is only rear-wheel-drive, the GTX benefits from all-wheel-drive thanks to the additional motor placed at the front axle. The result is 220 kW of power or 300 PS. This allows the GTX to go from 0 - 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 180 km/h. For reference, the non-GTX version only makes 204 PS, can sprint from 0 - 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, and hit a 160 km/h top speed.
Like the normal ID.4, the GTX also has a 77 kWh battery pack. It can provide up to 480 km of range based on the WLTP cycle, 40 km less than the regular model. Need to recharge it quickly? A quick recharging system can give the crossover 300 km of range in just 30 minutes.
With Volkswagen launching a performance variant of the ID.4, does this mean they will be releasing more models with the GTX badge? Yes, they will, as Volkswagen said that the GTX name will become synonymous with high-performance EVs. With their drive towards electrification, GTX might be the next GTI.