The Volkswagen ID Crozz Concept has been used for representational purposes.
The Volkswagen ID Crozz Concept has been used for representational purposes.

Volkswagen ID GTX performance EVs under development

13th Dec 2019 12:26 pm

The GTX name will be used on the performance versions of Volkswagen’s electric ID cars; production-spec ID Crozz to be part of this range.

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Volkswagen is set to use the GTX name on a range of electric-powered ID performance models, as confirmed by our sister publication, Autocar UK, via high-ranking sources at the German carmaker.

The new nomenclature has already been trademarked by Volkswagen and been chosen for a number of ID models, including a production version of the ID Crozz coupé, which is likely to take the name ID 5 GTX in its most powerful guise.

The GTX title follows tradition at Volkswagen, which also uses the GTI, GTD and GTE names on the performance-oriented petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid models, respectively.

Volkswagen won’t confirm when the first GTX model is planned for launch, though Autocar UK has been told that development of a performance version of the ID 5 is ongoing at the company’s Braunschweig R&D centre in Germany; likely to be unveiled by early 2021.

As with existing GTI, GTD and GTE models, the GTX range will be differentiated from their standard ID siblings by a number of exterior and interior styling upgrades that aim to provide them with a more sporting flavour.

Further changes will be focused on electric drivelines. The 'X' in the GTX name is claimed to denote four-wheel drive, suggesting upcoming performance-oriented ID models could use a twin-motor set-up – one motor powering the front wheels and a second, the rear wheels.

The fastest ID powertrain currently detailed is the 204hp version of the ID 3. Given that it makes its power from one rear-mounted motor, the GTX version should gain a significant boost.

Although new to Volkswagen, the GTX name has been used regularly by General Motors and its subsidiaries, mainly on futuristic concept cars. Volkswagen is also considering a hotter range of ID models under its R Performance arm.

Volkswagen has not yet revealed any plans to introduce models from its ID family in the Indian market, though the carmaker is set to introduce a host of new products in the years ahead. As part of the company’s India 2.0 plan, the German automaker is set to launch an all-new SUV (based on an India-specific iteration of the MQB A0 platform) to rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. A replacement for the ageing Vento is also expected to be introduced in India, underpinned by the same platform. VW is also set to import the smaller T-Roc SUV and a seven-seat derivative of the Tiguan – the Tiguan AllSpace.

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