VW ID.4 GTX hits dealerships, software update announced [Update]

In June, the VW ID.4 GTX started reaching European dealerships and is available for a test drive. The above picture shows a grey unit at the Swiss dealership Garage Kocher AG. The ID.4 GTX prices in the first markets are as follows:

Country of saleBase VW ID.4 GTX Price
GermanyEUR 50,415
NorwayNOK 459,900
SwedenSEK 565,900
DenmarkDKK 409,995
FinlandEUR 54,495.74
IcelandISK 6,990,000
UKGBP 48,510

Let’s dive into Volkswagen’s sportiest electric SUV to fully understand what’s on offer:

VW ID.4 GTX Design

Volkswagen unveiled the ID.4 GTX with an action-packed demonstration in a hangar at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin on April 28. The company showed capabilities of the dual-motor all-wheel-drive ID.4 GTX by climbing it up a 525 square meter ramp with a gradient of 37.5%.

The VW ID.4 GTX has a sportier exterior and interior with several variant-specific modifications. The ID.4 GTX features three honeycomb daytime running lights on each side of the front bumper, which, unlike on the ID.4, has a complete body-colored bottom section.

When you look the whole front area, you can recognize that next to the nice beautiful eyes we have, as well, three diamonds in each side which are integrated from the honeycomb in the front and it giving the car sporty character. It is the shape and as well the whole treatment of the front, and, of course, the proportions of the car, which makes the car sporty. It is standing on strong wheels, on big wheels, and we have as well here 21-inch wheel which gives the car strong character.

Jozef Kaban, Head of Design, Volkswagen on the front and side design of the ID.4 GTX

High-gloss air intake grille, “GTX” lettering on the wing and the boot, 20-inch exclusive alloy wheels, high-gloss anthracite roof frame bar, GTX logo on the tailgate, and diffusor brace in metallic Galvano grey are the other visual changes on the outside.

The car is always in the dark combination, with the body color always recognizable. But when we come to the back as well here we have completely new bumper, we have completely new look and of course as well here nicely the GTX writing and as well the special treatment of the lights.

Jozef Kaban, Head of Design, Volkswagen, on the rear of the ID.4 GTX

The ID.4 GTX has a dark-theme interior with some small sporty details. GTX fabric seat covers, steering wheel with GTX logo and red highlight, and gloss black dashboard trim are some of the key changes here. The upper section of the dashboard is in the dark shade of X-Blue. Moreover, the GTX logo appears on the sill panel trims and at the top of the front seat backrests.

When you look in of course it is blue color which first come in your eyes, then the red stitching, the red color, you know giving the sportiness, and as well of course sport seats the labelling on the seats and on the steering wheel. There’s plenty of things what you can experience and I think it is worth.

Jozef Kaban, Head of Design, Volkswagen, on the VW ID.4 GTX interior

VW ID.4 GTX specification

The ID.4 GTX has an additional electric motor, which powers the front wheels and makes it an AWD SUV. The front and rear motors together deliver 220 kW (299 PS/294 bhp) of power. The long-range 77 kWh battery pack of the ID.4 is standard in the ID.4 GTX, and it offers a range of 480 km/298 miles (WLTP).

Talking about the ID.4 GTX at its world premiere, Thomas Ulbrich, BoM member responsible for Technical Development, Volkswagen, said:

The GTX is the GTI of the EV world. Its 77 kWh battery delivers a WLTP range of 480 km. At least as important so, is a high charging power of 125 kW. In the space of 30 minutes you can recharging with enough energy for roughly 300 km. And innovative operating and safety concept is just as intelligent as its driveline. The driver is supported, for example, by its unique augmented reality head-up display as well as the extensive assistance systems.

Thomas Ulbrich, BoM member responsible for Technical Development, Volkswagen, on the VW ID.4 GTX performance

The front motor of the ID.4 GTX can switch on within milliseconds when there’s a need for high-performance or grip. In normal situations or everyday driving, the rear motor spins the wheels. Volkswagen has used a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PSM) at the rear because it is very efficient. At the front, it has employed an asynchronous motor (ASM) because of its compact and lightweight build and the fact that it produces minimal drag losses when it also runs without power.

A 0-100 km/h sprint takes 6.2 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 180 km/h. Thus, the ID.4 GTX is as quick as the Golf GTI. However, it isn’t nearly as fast, as the hatchback can go all the way up to 250 km/h (limited). The ID.4 GTX should provide better handling than conventional SUVs, due to the lower center of gravity resulting from the location of the battery on the floor.

An exclusive “Traction” drive mode, which the driver can keep active permanently active, provides the best possible grip and improved adaptive lane guidance even on loose or slippery terrain.

Thanks to the second electric motor at the front, thanks to the full power of up to 220 kW, and thanks to the intelligent and efficiently controlled dual-motor all-wheel drive, this SUV is a sports car delivering acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds.

Thomas Ulbrich, BoM member responsible for Technical Development, Volkswagen on the VW ID.4 GTX’s character.
VW ID.4 GTX aspectSpecification
Drivetrain LayoutAll-wheel drive
Motor(s)Two (front and rear)
Maximum Power220 kW (299 PS/294 bhp)
Maximum TorqueTBA
Acceleration (0-100 km/h/0-62 mph)6.2 seconds
Top Speed180 km/h (112 mph)
Trailer loadUp to 1,200 kg (2,645 lbs)
Wheels20- & 21-inch
Battery Pack Capacity (Net)77 kWh
Maximum Charging Power125 kW
Range (WLTP)480 km (298 miles)
Fast-charging Range (30 mins)306 km (190 miles)
100% Charging Time (Home Charger)Approx. 7 h 30 min
Information compiled from the digital world premiere and regional VW websites.

The VW ID.4 GTX has an energy efficiency rating* of 16.3 kWh/100 km (NEDC). This makes it a far eco-friendly than a corresponding combustion engine model running on gasoline, which consumes around 7 liters per 100 km. That is the equivalent of around 60 kWh of energy, Jens Obernolte, Head of Energy and Weight Management, explained in an interview. He said that the efficiency rate of a petrol car is more than three times lower than the electric car. A diesel car isn’t much better either, with an efficiency rating of around 50 kWh/100 km.

*WLTP: 16.3-18.2 kWh/100 km

VW ID.4 GTX range test

YouTuber Bjørn Nyland did a range test of the VW ID.4 GTX and achieved 453 km (281 miles), and that is not far from the official maximum rating of 480 km (298 miles). After topping up the battery pack to 100% SoC, Nyland drove the ID.4 GTX for 439 km (281 miles) at an average speed of 90 km/h (56 mph).

At the end of that trip, 3% charging was remaining. So, the fully charged battery could have delivered 453 km (281 miles) of range. It is worth noting that the ID.4 X Nyland drove had the optional 21-inch Narvik alloy wheels. With the standard 20-inch Ystad alloy wheels, the electric SUV should do a marginally better range.

Video Source: Bjorn Nyland

What’s in the name?

Volkswagen plans to sell performance variants of electric cars with a ‘GTX’ suffix instead of the traditional ‘GTI’ which is synonymous with the Golf. The VW ID.4 GTX is the first performance car in the VW ID. range, and we understand that it will be available in the U.S. market, though the company has not confirmed the plan.

In January, in an announcement about its impressive average CO2 emissions reduction, Volkswagen confirmed the ID.4 GTX. “The fully electric models ID.4, ID.4 GTX and ID.5 will gradually be launched in international markets,” Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen, said as part of his statement on the company’s progress in this regard.

Expect an enticing no-options MSRP of around $45,000 for the VW ID.4 GTX when it eventually reaches the U.S. market.

VW ID.4 GTX Production

Volkswagen manufactures the ID.4’s GTX variant with a sportier styling, all-wheel drive, and more power alongside its standard variant in Zwickau, Germany.

Zwickau is the same factory where in addition to the ID.4 range, Volkswagen builds the ID.3 and Audi’s Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron. The ID.4 destined for American and Canadian showrooms will continue shipping from this plant until production in Chattanooga begins in the fall of next year. The first EV-only production facility of Volkswagen Group can roll out 330,000 cars a year.

ID.4 GTX software update

Volkswagen has announced the first ID.4 GTX software update and it could include new functions and greater comfort. The company starts rolling out the first OTA update in the ID.3 in July, and the updates for the ID.4 and ID.4 GTX will follow. It says that it will update the software of ID. cars every twelve weeks in the future.

Volkswagen calls the new version of its software for the ID. Models “ID.Software2.3.” It brings performance and stability improvements and many new functional improvements to the new-generation VW EVs. The infotainment system now operates better, and it has some design modifications. Customers can look forward to enhanced ID. Light functionalities with the new ID. software. Functional improvements include optimized surroundings recognition and dynamic main beam control as well. We’ll update this section once we have detailed information on the improvements.

Volkswagen Accelerate strategy

Announcing the ‘Accelerate’ strategy this year, Volkswagen said that it plans to “rapidly accelerate” the expansion of its BEV line-up. The company targets an increase in the share of BEV sales to over 70% in Europe and over 50% in the U.S. and China. To this end, Volkswagen will come out with at least one new BEV model every year. The all-wheel-drive ID.4 GTX kicks things off in the first half of the year, followed by the sporty VW ID.5 in the second half.

VW ID.4 GTX FAQ

Will the U.S. get the VW ID.4 GTX?

We understand that Volkswagen eventually plans to launch the ID.4 GTX in the United States. The company is yet to confirm.

What is VW ID.4 GTX’s acceleration & top speed?

The VW ID.4 GTX’s 0-62 mph acceleration time is 6.2 seconds, while the top speed is 112 mph.

What is the VW ID.4 GTX release date?

The ID.4 GTX is now on sale in Europe.

Featured Image Source: Facebook/Garage Kocher AG