The GTX designation for electric Volkswagen is an analog of the GTI prefix for gasoline and GTD for diesel cars, that is, these are sports versions of conventional models. And the first “electric train” from the new sports family was the all-wheel-drive crossover ID.4.

Volkswagen ID.4 is the second electric car of the brand from the ID family after the hatchback of the ID.3 golf class. It was presented in September 2020 and entered the assembly line of the “Glass Manufactory” (German: Gläserne Manufaktur) in Dresden, where Volkswagen Phaeton sedans and an electric modification of the Volkswagen Golf hatchback were produced at various times. European sales of the model began in March 2021 with a starting price of 37 thousand euros. Three versions of the electric crossover with one motor on the rear axle went on sale, so the new GTX version was the first all-wheel drive for the ID.4.

Outside, the new version of the GTX can be identified in the ID.4 by a different design of the bumpers: the front one with a fine-mesh air intake structure and three-point LED lights, the rear one with an additional horizontal strip in the insert simulating a bumper diffuser. Matrix LED headlights and LED taillights with 3D effects are standard.

Technically, the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX is close to the Škoda Enyaq RS iV. The rear axle has the same 204 hp engine as the most powerful of the “simple” versions, and another motor is added to the front axle. Together they can produce up to 299 hp, but peak power is only available for 30 seconds, after which the electronics go into a more gentle mode of operation with reduced recoil.

The ID.4 GTX also differs from the mono drive versions in the suspension settings. For a surcharge, you can order a sports package that includes a 15 mm lowering of the suspension and progressive steering for dynamic driving. Adaptive dampers are also part of the Sport Plus package.

The ID.4 GTX can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds versus 8.5 seconds for the rear-wheel-drive version in the 204-horsepower version. The maximum speed limiter was moved from 160 to 180 km / h. One full charge of the traction battery with a capacity of 77 kWh according to measurements in the WLTP cycle should be enough for 480 km.

The vehicle in the presentation photos from the studio is painted in the new Metallic Kings Red color. In the interior, red accents remind of belonging to the sports line. The equipment includes a heated steering wheel, interior decorative lighting, an adjustable front armrest. For a surcharge, you can order a head-up display with an augmented reality effect and a media system with a 12-inch touchscreen instead of the standard 10-inch one.

The Volkswagen ID.4 GTX will go on sale this summer in Europe. In Germany, the novelty will be sold at a starting price of 50,415 euros, excluding the subsidy of 7,500 euros for electric cars.

By Alex

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