VW ID.5 launch (world premiere) scheduled in November 2021

The VW ID.5, the SUV-coupe derived from the VW ID.4, will celebrate its world premiere in November 2021. Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen (brand), confirmed this development at the 2021 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA 2021). The ID.5 carline will include a GTX variant with an all-wheel drive layout and a sportier styling.

Every year we will launch a new electric model. The next one is the ID.5. Our first SUV-coupe will celebrate its world premiere early November.

Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen brand (2021 Munich Motor Show)

Volkswagen has already listed the ID.5 online in some markets. In Germany, the company mentions 540 km (335.5 mi) as the maximum range (WLTP predicted) of the rear-wheel-driven ID.5. The ID.5 GTX with the twin-motor all-wheel drive setup in its home market will achieve a range (WLTP predicted) of up to 497 km (308.8 mi).

On the GTX variant, there is an electric motor on the front and rear axle of the car. Four-wheel drive guarantees added driving performance, better traction and sporty handling.

Design

Volkswagen teased the ID.5 for the first time at the unveiling of the ID.4 GTX on April 28, 2021.

The ID family will continue to grow with more to come towards the end of the year. Our next ID is all about the elegance of flowing coupe lines. And naturally, this car will also come with a GTX version. Today you get an exclusive preview of our ID.5.

Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen brand (VW ID.4 GTX world premiere)

The VW ID.5 will differ from the ID.4 from behind the B-pillars with a lower roofline and a dramatically angled rear hatch that give it an aggressive stance and improved aerodynamics. Thanks to a curvier glasshouse and a flatter rear deck, the VW ID.5 will have a strong coupe-like appearance. The ID.5 GTX sports a decklid spoiler.

VW ID.5 vs VW ID.4

Volkswagen conducted a camouflaged prototype drive of the VW ID.5 for select journalists in Europe in August 2021. Thomas Majchrzak from YouTube channel Autogefuhl shared his first impressions of the upcoming EV from that event in a video.

Video Source: YouTube/Autogefuhl

Majchrzak noted that the ID.5 resembles the ID.4, and while it has the same wheelbase, its body is 3 cm or 1.2 inches longer. Volkswagen wanted the ID.5 with steeply raked D-pillars for properly mimicking a coupe, and designers stretched the tail section. As a result, the rear overhang of the ID.5 is longer.

Despite the lower, sloping roofline, the cargo volume will be close to the ID.4. For reference, the ID.4’s cargo volume is 30.3 cubic feet, and folding down the rear-seat backrests increases that count to 64.2 cubic feet. The driving experience is more or less the same because the wheelbase is no different. The rear window is a little bit smaller, and the outward visibility is not as good.

Release Date

Volkswagen has confirmed that the ID.5 GTX, the second VW GTX model, will reach showrooms in 2022. The company has not said anything about the standard ID.5 variant, but on February 11, 2021, the official Twitter page of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH confirmed that the VW ID.5’s launch will take place in the second half of the year. The German tweet, posted on February 11, relayed that the first batch of cars (in pilot production) were coming off the line in early February.

On March 16, 2021, Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Director Group Sales, Volkswagen Group, briefed analysts and investors about the company’s upcoming EV launches. In his presentation, he revealed that the ID.5 would arrive in the first markets in the fourth quarter of the year (October-December 2021).

VW ID.5 release Q3 2021
The VW ID.5 was initially not planned for a rollout in markets outside Europe. Image: Volkswagen Group

Not exclusive to Europe

Volkswagen held the first Way to Zero Convention on April 29, 2021, presenting its roadmap for net carbon-neutral mobility. “The ID.5 will be launched at the end of 2021, initially in Europe and in China,” Brandstatter said at the event, revealing that the ID.5 is not an EU-only model. The word “initially” is considered a sign of plans to offer the SUV-coupe in new markets, and one of them could be the United States, which is taking to EVs in a big way.

ID.4 the priority for VW’s U.S. market operations

The priority for the American market is localizing the ID.4. Volkswagen has confirmed that it will start manufacturing the ID.4 at the Chattanooga plant in 2022, which needs to go smoothly before new models are included. The ID.5 may enter series production at the American Volkswagen factory once production of the ID.4 streamlines.

VW ID.5 Accelerate strategy
The VW ID. Buzz that arrives after the VW ID.5 has already received the green signal for the U.S. Image Source: Volkswagen

The VW ID.4 went on sale in the U.S. in March 2021, with a base price of USD 39,995. Throughout 2021 and for the most part of 2022, the new electric SUV will arrive from the Zwickau plant located in Germany.

VW ID.5 FAQs

What is the VW ID.5 release date?

The VW ID.5 should arrive in showrooms a few weeks after the world premiere in November.

What are the ID.5 rivals?

The VW ID.5 will compete with the Tesla Model Y and the Nissan Ariya.

What will be the VW ID.5 price?

With Volkswagen introducing a €37,000-base ID.4, expect the basic VW ID.5 to cost around €40,000.

Featured Image Source: Screenshot, courtesy VW Newsroom