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Volkswagen releases its first electric SUV coupe with the ID.5

The ID.5 and the ID.5 GTX with dual-motor all-wheel drive are the latest long-range models in the ID. family.


Volkswagen has revealed its new ID.5 electric SUV coupe equipped with the new ID. software version 3.0, which includes improved charging performance and voice control. With the use of swarm data and latest-generation driver assistance systems, Volkswagen is also taking the next step toward automated driving.

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The new ID.5 and the ID.5 GTX with dual-motor all-wheel drive are the new, long-range models in the ID. family. Like all ID. models, Volkswagen’s first e-SUV coupe is based on the Volkswagen modular electric drive matrix (MEB).

The new software generation 3.0 allows for over-the-air updates and activation of additional functions so that the ID.5 can stay up-to-date. The vehicle has assistance systems such as Travel Assist with swarm data, and the new optional Park Assist Plus with memory function will take care of personalized parking processes on request, the company says.

At just over 15 ft. long, the e-SUV coupe from Volkswagen 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.


“The electronic Vehicle Dynamics Manager is a groundbreaking development by Volkswagen,” says Thomas Ulbrich, member of the board of management for technical development. “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 of 0.26 (or 0.27 in the ID.5 GTX) increases efficiency and boosts the vehicle’s extensive range. This capability is further supported by the integrated spoiler in the wide-opening, aerodynamically shaped tailgate. Electric cooling air vents in the front of the vehicle open only when necessary, so as to ensure optimal air flow, the company says. Its large air inlet and IQ.Light LED matrix headlights with intelligent high beams and 3D LED rear lights as standard give the ID.5 GTX a dynamic appearance, Volkswagen says. The Vehicle Dynamics Manager networks the drive and chassis control systems, while an optional adaptive DCC chassis ensures optimal driving dynamics. The ID.5 and ID.5 GTX coast in driving mode D and recuperate energy in mode B.


The new ID.5 and the premium ID.5 GTX with dual-motor all-wheel drive are manufactured at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau and are carbon-neutral upon handover to the customer, the company says. Using the standard Mode 3 cable, the e-SUV coupe can also be charged with up to 11 kW of alternating current (AC). Charging performance can reach up to 135 kW as standard at a fast-charge station.

By 2030, at least 70% of Volkswagen’s unit sales in Europe are expected to come from electric-only vehicles, equivalent to more than one million vehicles. In North America and China, the goal is that electric vehicles will account for at least 50% of unit sales. To achieve these goals, Volkswagen is launching at least one electric vehicle onto the market every year. The CO2 emissions per vehicle are set to decrease by up to 40% by as soon as 2030. On its “Way to ZERO”, the company is planning to become climate-neutral by 2050 at the latest.

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