VW launches ID.5

electric SUV coupe

Volkswagen ID.5, 2021, front, action
Volkswagen ID.5, 2021, side, action
Volkswagen ID.5, 2021, rear, action
Volkswagen ID.5, 2021, interior
Volkswagen ID.5 GTX, 2021, front
Volkswagen ID.5 GTX, 2021, side
Volkswagen ID.5 GTX, 2021, rear
Volkswagen ID.5 GTX, 2021, boot

VOLKSWAGEN is breaking into a new market segment with the launch of the ID.5, it's first electric SUV coupe.

To be launched next year, the ID.5 and the sporty ID.5 GTX with dual-motor all-wheel drive are the new, long-range top models in VW's growing all-electric ID. family.

Like all ID models, the manufacturer's first e-SUV coupe is based on the Volkswagen modular electric drive matrix (MEB).

New next-generation software will allow for over-the-air updates and activation of additional functions, so that the ID.5 can stay up-to-date for a long time.

Innovative assistance systems such as Travel Assist with swarm data allow for an even more relaxed and predictive driving experience. The new optional Park Assist Plus with memory function will take care of personalised parking processes on request.

At 4,599mm long - 4,582mm for the GTX - the e-SUV coupe will launch in 2022 with three engine options.

The ID.5 will be powered by an electric engine in the rear. The dual-motor all-wheel drive of the ID.5 GTX will be powered by an e-motor on the front and rear axles.

Thomas Ulbrich, director for technical development at VW, said: "The electronic Vehicle Dynamics Manager is a ground-breaking development by Volkswagen. We have networked it with other important control systems, and it is also integrated with the all-wheel control function. This brings an entirely new level of sporty driving pleasure, traction and driving safety."

All ID.5 engine types are powered by a large, long-range battery. A low drag coefficient increases efficiency and boosts the vehicle's extensive range. This is also supported by an integrated spoiler in the wide-opening, aerodynamically shaped tailgate.

Many features - including the bumper design, painted door panelling and new roof line - set the e-SUV coupe apart from the ID.4 electric SUV which has been named World Car of the Year.

Its large air inlet and LED matrix headlights with intelligent high beams and 3D LED rear lights as standard give the ID.5 GTX an even more dynamic appearance.

Despite its coupe-type shape, the ID.5 has just 12mm less headroom in the back than the Volkswagen ID.4.

VW says the long 2,766 mm wheelbase also allow for interior space similar to those of SUVs in higher vehicle classes. The luggage compartment volume is 549 litres.

Volkswagen also say the ID.5's modern digital cockpit offers a ‘new operating concept' with its driver display and high-resolution multimedia system delivering ‘strikingly brilliant visuals'. An innovative augmented reality head-up display is also an option.

The new ID. software features various improvements including natural voice control. It is now learning-enabled and enables online access to information from the Cloud. For atmospheric interior lighting, there's a choice of up to 30 colours for the ambient lighting. We Connect services provide the driver with real-time online traffic information, online map updates, information about charging stations, web radio and more.

And, with Car2X communication, Volkswagen is taking safety to a whole different level. Data from compatible vehicles in the Volkswagen fleet and signals from infrastructure within a radius of up to 800 metres can be locally interpreted in a fraction of a second, enabling driver alerts about dangerous areas, accidents and stationary traffic. A visual warning will also be given.

Using the standard Mode 3 cable, the e-SUV coupé can also be charged with up to 11kW of alternating current (AC), even when it is out and about. Charging performance can reach up to 135kW as standard at a fast-charge station.

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