VW ID.4 GTX will improve on charging, range & acceleration [Update]

Update: ‘2023 VW ID.4 GTX’ section added.

The VW ID.4 GTX, the first performance ID. model, is now on sale in Europe. The above picture shows a grey unit at the Swiss dealership Garage Kocher AG. Let’s dive into Volkswagen’s sportiest electric SUV to understand what’s on offer:

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, 2021. The company showed the 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%.

VW ID.4 GTX grey front three quarters world premiere
The base is the regular ID.4, but the GTX gets an extra motor, more torque, a tweaked suspension, and styling enhancements. Image Source: Volkswagen Group

The VW ID.4 GTX has several variant-specific modifications and a sportier exterior and interior. 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 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

2023 VW ID.4 GTX

On June 15, 2022, Volkswagen rolled out an update for the ID.4 GTX to make the model more attractive for customers. The company made the Design and Comfort optional equipment packages standard with this update. This means the Air Care Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control system, two USB-C ports, darkened side and rear windows, a variable center console, a climate comfort windscreen, and heated seats are now standard.

Styling has also changed a little in the new ID.4 GTX. The ID.4’s performance variant now sports dash panel and door trim in black instead of blue. On the outside, the roof frame strip, mirrors, C-pillar, and diffuser now have a glossy black finish. New black alloy wheels and black GTX logo on the front doors also help the ID.4 GTX set itself further apart from the ID.4.

Specifications

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). The long-range 77 kWh battery pack of the ID.4 is standard in the ID.4 GTX, and it offers a range of up to 500 km/311 miles (WLTP). The max. DC charging power is 135 kW, which means fast-charging from 5 to 80% SoC takes 36 minutes.

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.

Acceleration & Top speed

A 0-100 km/h sprint takes 6.3 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 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.

VW ID.4 GTX aspectSpecification
Drivetrain LayoutAll-wheel drive
Motor(s)Two (front and rear)
Maximum Power220 kW (299 PS/294 bhp)
Maximum TorqueFront Motor – 162 Nm (119 lb.-ft.
Rear Motor – 310 Nm (229 lb.-ft.)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h/0-62 mph)6.3 seconds
Top Speed180 km/h (112 mph)
Trailer loadUp to 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs)
Wheels20- & 21-inch
Battery Pack Capacity (Net)77 kWh
Maximum Charging Power135 kW
Range (WLTP)500 km (311 miles)
Fast-charging Range (30 mins)337 km (209 miles)
100% Charging Time (Home Charger)Approx. 7 h 30 min
5-80% Charging Time (DC Fast Charger)36 minutes
Information compiled from the digital world premiere and regional VW websites.

The German-spec VW ID.4 GTX has an energy efficiency rating of 17.2-15.8 kWh/100 km (NEDC). This makes it vastly more eco-friendly than a corresponding combustion engine model running on gasoline, which consumes around 7 liters per 100 km. That is the equivalent of about 60 kWh of energy, Jens Obernolte, Head of Energy and Weight Management, explained in an interview. He said that the efficiency rate of a gasoline car is more than three times lower than an electric car. A diesel car isn’t much better either, with an efficiency rating of around 50 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), which is not all that far from the official maximum rating of 489 km (304 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: Youtube/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 was the first performance car in the VW ID. range, which was followed by the VW ID.5 GTX. The VW ID.3 GTX will likely be the next launch in the performance range.

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. The first EV-only production facility of Volkswagen Group can roll out 330,000 cars a year.

VW ID.4 GTX Zwickau Sachsen production
The ID.4 GTX is made at the same plant as other ID. cars – Zwickau, Germany. Image: Volkswagen

Zwickau is the same factory where in addition to the ID.4 range, Volkswagen builds the ID.3, Audi’s Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron, VW ID.5, and Cupra Born. The ID.4 destined for American and Canadian showrooms will continue shipping from this plant until production in Chattanooga begins in the second half of 2022.

VW ID.4 GTX Price

Country of saleBase VW ID.4 GTX Price
GermanyEUR 53,255
NorwayNOK 489,500
SwedenSEK 609,900
DenmarkDKK 439,995
FinlandEUR 58,270
IcelandISK 7,390,000
UKGBP 51,580
VW ID.4 GTX prices as of June 17, 2022

VW ID.4 GTX software update

Volkswagen has announced the ‘ID Software 3.0’ update for its ID. range of cars on March 21, 2022. ID. vehicles that have already been delivered will get over-the-air updates by the end of Q2 2022 (April-June 2022). The ID Software 3.0 offers a host of improvements to the ADAS and the infotainment, aiming to resolve the highly critiqued intuitiveness of the system. VW previously mentioned that it would update the software of ID cars every twelve weeks.

VW ID. 3.0 software
Image: Volkswagen

New ADAS functions

The ID. cars’ lane keep assist can now adapt to the owners’ driving styles and position the EV to the left or the right of the lane, instead of staying bang in the center. The ‘Travel Assist With Swarm Data,’ which is VW speak for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), can monitor surrounding traffic up to 56 mph and take preventive actions depending on the situation. It can also initiate lane changes when the driver turns the indicators on.

New Park Assist

Moreover, the update now enables ID. cars to drive over roads with just one lane marking. Additionally, Park Assist can take complete control of acceleration, steering, and braking up to 25 mph when the autonomous parking function is enabled. The system can also drive the car out of parking spaces. Lastly, the augmented reality head-up display is more comprehensive; it now showcases roundabout symbols and the distance remaining to the destination.

Expectations from the VW ID.4 GTX facelift (2024)

New MEB platform updates
The VW ID.4 GTX facelift should offer more range, support higher charging power, and have better acceleration. Image Source: Volkswagen/Dr. Silke Bagschik

The Volkswagen MEB platform will receive several updates in the near- to mid-term future, and the VW ID.4 GTX facelift, which could arrive in 2024, will benefit from these revisions. In her speech during the UBS Paris Electric Car Day (April 12, 2022) conference, Dr. Silke Bagschik (Volkswagen’s Head of Sales and Marketing – ID. Family and CMO – ID. Digital) revealed that Volkswagen is working towards increasing the range of MEB platform-based EVs to 700 km (435 miles). The company wants to increase the charging power to over 200 kW and reduce the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time to approximately 5.5 seconds.

VW ID.4 GTX FAQs

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

The U.S. should eventually get the ID.4 GTX. The priority for the U.S. operations is localizing the standard ID.4 variants.

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

The VW ID.4 GTX’s 0-62 mph acceleration time is 6.3 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