Europe-only VW ID.5 confirmed for H2 2021 launch

After mentions during media interactions last year, the VW ID.5 was brought up by the company’s CEO last month.

In January, Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen, issued a comment on the company reducing its average CO2 emissions in Europe to a level below the legal target. A part of his statement included the names of new and upcoming Volkswagen electric vehicles that would help it reach zero CO2 emissions in the future:

We are continuously pursuing this goal with our “Way to Zero” and will energize the brand even further in future. In the current fiscal year, Volkswagen will expand its offerings based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB): This way, the fully electric models ID.4, ID.4 GTX and ID.5 will gradually be launched in international markets.

Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen

The official Twitter page of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH has now confirmed that the VW ID.5 will be launched in the second half of the year. The German tweet, posted on February 11, relays that the first batch of cars (in pilot production) were coming off the line in early February.

The VW ID.5 SUV-coupe derived from the VW ID.4 electric SUV may not be coming to the U.S. market. That’s according to a handelsblatt.com report released in November last year, which said that the ID.5 is planned for customers in Europe at the moment where automakers are increasing deliveries of EVs to meet regulations. Thomas Ulbrich, Head of E-Mobility, Volkswagen (brand), has stated that a global rollout of the VW ID.5 “is not currently planned.”

VW ID.Crozz II rear three quarters
The VW ID.5 would debut as the ‘direct’ production version of the VW ID. Crozz concept series. Image: Volkswagen.

Volkswagen is developing a bigger VW ID. SUV exclusively for the Chinese market – the VW ID.6 (codename: VW 316/7). The three-row flagship SUV, previewed by the VW ID. Roomzz concept from 2019, is under testing and scheduled for a world premiere in a few months. In China, series production would begin this year.

Perhaps the ID.6 is a bigger priority for the American market compared to the VW ID.5. Volkswagen has confirmed that it will start manufacturing the ID.4 at the Chattanooga plant in 2022. It is possible that the VW ID.6 enters series production at the American Volkswagen factory as the second ID car. Once production of the models streamline, the VW ID.5 could be added to the line-up as the third locally manufactured Volkswagen EV.

VW ID. Roomzz VW ID.6 front quarters premiere
The VW ID.6, the production VW ID. Roomzz, is probably a bigger priority for the U.S. market. Image: Volkswagen.

The VW ID.4 will reach U.S. showrooms with a base price of $39,995 by March. Throughout 2021, the new electric SUV will arrive from the Zwickau plant located in Germany.

Display image is of the VW ID.Crozz sourced from Volkswagen