Volkswagen ID Xtreme: prepare to head off-road in an electric VW SUV
Underneath the skin, the XTreme is based on the sporty GTX performance version of the standard Volkswagen ID4 electric midsize SUV, but the ID Xtreme makes 30 percent more power – now 285kW.
The XTreme debuted for the first time last week in Locarno, a resort city in Switzerland, as part of a wider event that saw ID enthusiasts share their experiences about electric mobility.
Volkswagen’s head of the MEB production line, Silke Bagschik, said that “based on the feedback from the community, we will decide how to proceed with the project”.
Volkswagen says it has added raised rally running gear, a modified front bumper, 18-inch off-road wheels and 50mm wider wheel arches than before to the ID XTreme to give it a distinctive off-road look. A new roof carrier with integrated LED lights and a sealed aluminium underbody also feature.
There has also been work done to make the ID Xtreme sound unique, too, with the German automaker claiming that a new driving noise has been developed by Volkswagen Design by placing a sound generator within the wheel housing.
The ID XTreme was developed using a no-longer-required test vehicle from the production development of the ID4 GTX, where engineers also used the 82kWh battery pack.
Volkswagen’s ID4 midsize SUV debuted in 2020 but a combination of extensive European demand for the SUV and a lack of EV policy in Australia had previously placed us at a low priority for its low emission vehicles.
Production of the ID4 for Australia is could start as soon as October 2023, with deliveries to commence not too long after that. The ID4 will follow another Volkswagen Group EV – the Cupra Born – as a larger, more practical choice while the ID5 coupe SUV is also likely to land here.
As for exact specification and pricing, that will all be locked in closer to launch, though it’s possible we’ll see sporty GTX variants here, if not a production version of the ID4 Xtreme any time soon.
Mercedes-Benz GLB 2024: pricing announced for facelifted model lineup that gains extra features and hybrid tech
About Chasing cars
Chasing Cars reviews are 100% independent.
Because we are powered by Budget Direct Insurance, we don’t receive advertising or sales revenue from car manufacturers.
We’re truly independent – giving you Australia’s best car reviews.