VW has introduced that it’ll model the sportier, sooner variations of its upcoming electric-vehicle lineup as “GTX.”
The brand new branding begins with the all-wheel-drive ID.4 GTX, which has a second motor on the entrance axle.
The official unveiling of the ID.4 GTX does not come till April 28, however till then we will see the emblem, not less than.
Volkswagen is ready to formally unveil a sooner all-wheel-drive model of the ID.4 later this month, one that can carry the brand new GTX branding the corporate says it will likely be utilizing to point higher-performance variations of its pure electrical fashions.
In Europe, Volkswagen already makes use of GTI, GTD, and GTE branding – respectively for gasoline, diesel, and plug-in-hybrid fashions, with the badges utilized variously to sooner variations of the Golf, Polo, Passat, and even the child Up! However on our facet of the Atlantic, GTI is a mannequin in its personal proper, and it is also the one member of the eighth-generation Golf clan to be offered within the States. Whereas GTX branding hasn’t been used within the States earlier than, it has featured in different markets. The 1984 Jetta GLI was offered as a GTX in some territories, together with Canada.
The ID.4 GTX will likely be formally introduced on April 28, however we’re instructed that the branding may even be used on different ID fashions. GTX variations will likely be distinguished by additional efficiency and, within the case of the ID.4, all-wheel drive by an extra motor on the entrance axle, which is the primary time this will likely be provided on an ID mannequin.
Volkswagen hasn’t formally confirmed energy or efficiency, however Autocar within the U.Okay. has reported that the ID.4 GTX may have a mixed output of 302 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, giving a claimed 6.2-second zero-to-62-mph time below Europe’s typically conservative testing methodology. In that case, meaning the quickest of VW’s ID fashions will stay considerably slower than even essentially the most leisurely Tesla.
We will safely anticipate the GTX to be distinguished from lesser variations of the ID.4 with visible tweaks and a extra dynamically centered suspension. We’re additionally hoping that the tartan seats lengthy related to GTI fashions make the transition to the courageous new world of electron-fueled efficiency derivatives. The GTX hasn’t been formally confirmed for the U.S., however we now have been instructed that all-wheel-drive variations of the ID.4 will likely be provided beginning subsequent yr, so it’s solely potential that this will likely be considered one of them.
Volkswagen is already reporting sturdy demand for its ID fashions in Europe, saying additionally it is set to double the capability of the Braunschweig, Germany, manufacturing unit that assembles battery packs for automobiles that sit on the group’s pure electrical MEB platform, from 250,000 to 500,000 a yr, alongside as much as 300,000 smaller battery packs for plug-in-hybrid automobiles. Along with the ID.3 and ID.4, the corporate has simply unveiled the bigger ID.6 crossover on the Shanghai auto present; we’re additionally anticipating a coupe-SUV ID.5 later this yr.
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