In a rather dry announcement about exceeding European CO2 fleet emissions targets in 2020, VW let slip some tantalising confirmations about future models. The company now confirms that the performance-focused ID.4 GTX and ID.5 coupe-inspired variant are debuting in 2021. It's part of a goal to introduce 20 EVs by 2025.
The ID.4 GTX will have a more potent powertrain that will reportedly be capable of pushing the crossover to 62 miles per hour in 6.2 seconds. However, this performance will come with a range lower than the standard model's 250 miles. The debut will likely be in the spring before going on sale in Europe a few months later. The availability of this variant in the US is still a mystery.
Gallery: VW ID.4 GTX Spy Photos
While the standard ID.4 is far from boxy, if you prefer a sleeker appearance, then the ID.5 is the version to wait for. This coupe-inspired crossover also uses the MEB platform, and all signs point to the two models sharing the same powertrain options. The major difference between them is the revised styling with an arching roofline to give the model a more aerodynamic look.
VW doesn't intend to sell the ID.5 in the US, but Europeans are getting it. The reason for this decision isn't entirely clear, but the automaker is probably afraid that there isn't enough demand to justify two models that are so similar.
Gallery: VW ID.5 first spy photos
The ID.4 will be the first of VW's new family of EVs to arrive in the United States. After a bit of a delay, it will arrive in America in the first half of 2021. The model comes standard with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery. The basic powertrain consists of a rear-mounted motor making 201 bhp (150 kilowatts) and 228 pound-feet (309 newton-metres). There's also an all-wheel-drive variant with 302 bhp (225 kW).