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Volkswagen ID5 2022: coupe SUV to be unveiled tomorrow with GTX performance variant confirmed

John Law

Volkswagen has teased the swooping silhouette of the all-electric ID range’s latest iteration – the ID5 – set to launch tomorrow.

While the ID4 midsize SUV is likely to be Volkswagen’s best-selling electric car when it arrives in Australia next year, the coupe-shaped ID5 – stylised as ID.5 by Volkswagen – will be the most aspirational. 

Due to be unveiled tomorrow, the 2022 Volkswagen ID5 will utilise the same battery-electric MEB architecture as the ID4 (and in fact Volkswagen’s whole ID range) as the German car maker shifts its focus towards a zero-emissions future.

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The ID5 coupe SUV will be fully revealed and detailed tomorrow.

The ID5 coupe SUV is set to become the fourth member of the all-electric ID family to be revealed, joining the ID3 hatchback, ID4 midsize SUV and China-only ID6 large SUV. 

As the range continues to grow, VW has promised even more models to fill the numerical gaps including a Polo-sized ID2 hatch foreshadowed by this year’s ID Life concept, while Volkswagen group chairman Herbert Diess revealed that the ID8 – an American-market large SUV – could come to Australia. 

Just like the ID4, the ID5 will sit in the midsize SUV class – you could think of the ID5 as the Audi Q5 Sportback to the ID4’s wagon-bodied Q5. 

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Expect the ID5 to have many similarities with the ID4, though its attractive rear end certainly sets it apart.

Volkswagen will confirm exact dimensions tomorrow, but expect the ID5 to be similar in size to the ID4, which measures 4584mm long and 1852mm wide, running atop a 2771mm wheelbase. The main difference is expected to be in height.

The ID5 also adopts a very similar front-on appearance to the ID4 with its simple front valance and striking LED signature linking the headlights. Around the back will be a different story, with the ID5 adopting a sloping tailgate design. Despite its coupe tag, the ID5 will retain a five-door configuration.

ID5 range, power and charging speed

Volkswagen will confirm exact details tomorrow, but as we’re now familiar with the modular MEB chassis used by the ID family, we can at least speculate on potential performance. 

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Under the skin the ID5 is set to adopt the same battery and motor outputs as the ID4 and other MEB products.

Take the closely-related ID4, which is available in several configurations. The smaller 52kWh battery pack can be paired with either a 109kW/220Nm electric motor, or with a gruntier 125kW/310Nm option. Both send drive to the rear wheels only. 

For both the smaller battery pack models, range is claimed at 346km (WLTP), and consumption 16.7kWh/100km. 

The ID4 is available with a more powerful 150kW/310Nm motor in conjunction with a larger 77kWh battery pack. This configuration – likely to be available as the ID5 first edition model – ups the range to a Tesla Model Y troubling figure of 501km (WLTP) with 100kW DC fast-charging.

We expect the figures for the coming ID5 to be very similar, if not identical, to the current ID4 offerings in Europe. 

ID5 GTX – the GTI for the next generation? 

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VW has promised us a sporty take on the ID5 with the GTX variant.

Volkswagen has already confirmed there will be a high-performance GTX version of the ID5, likely with similar performance as the ID4 GTX.

That means a pair of motors offering AWD and 220kW/460Nm – enough for a Golf GTI-rivalling 0-100km/h sprint of 6.2 seconds. The existing ID4 GTX also ups the maximum DC fast-charging speed to 126kW.

Further details of the powertrain, sizing and interior along with detailed pictures of the Volkswagen ID5 and ID5 GTX are set to be released at 11pm AEST tomorrow.

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