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Volkswagen reveals off-road EV concept SUV

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Volkswagen recently presented its ID. Xtreme off-road concept EV SUV based on the ID.4 GTX.

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“The modular electric drive matrix (MEB) has enormous technical potential,” says Silke Bagschik, head of the MEB product line at Volkswagen. “For many of our customers, vehicles are much more than just a means of transport. With the ID. Xtreme, we are raising electric mobility from VW to a new performance level.”

The result of the project is a unique off-road vehicle that impresses with its rugged appearance and outstanding power. A high-performance drive on the rear axle and software adaptations in the drive control unit increase the system power of the concept car by 65 kW to 285 kW compared with the ID.4 GTX – in other words, by about 30%.

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“The ID. Xtreme is made by enthusiasts at Volkswagen for ID. enthusiasts here in Locarno. We are really eager to find out how the fans of electromobility react to the vehicle. Based on the feedback from our community, we will decide how to proceed with the project,” adds Bagschik.

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The exterior of the VW ID. Xtreme also shows that the vehicle is ready for every off-road adventure, Volkswagen says. Raised rally running gear, 18-in. off-road wheels, a modified crash member with an additional front bumper, and 50 mm-wider wings manufactured by 3D printing combine to give the concept vehicle an authentic off-road look. The roof carrier with additional LED lights and the completely closed aluminum underbody also equip the fully electric all-wheel-drive vehicle for excursions away from paved roads.

Acoustically, the ID. Xtreme’s driving noise was developed together with Volkswagen Design for the concept vehicle and is output to the outside via a sound generator in the wheel housing. In the interior, the concept car includes numerous Alcantara applications, revamped seats and elements in the accent color orange.

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