New Volkswagen ID.5 coupe-SUV set for 3 November unveiling

The new Volkswagen ID.5 will break cover on Wednesday, alongside sporty GTX variant

Volkswagen will launch its ID.5 coupe-SUV on 3 November, as the brand’s third EV to be launched in Europe. The new model is expected to offer more than 300 miles of range, and will be unveiled alongside the high-performance, four-wheel-drive ID.5 GTX.

We’ve already spotted the ID.5 undergoing final testing on public roads in pre-production form, revealing a swooping coupe-SUV bodystyle and close links to the ID.4 crossover. The new car will be built at Volkswagen’s electric car plant in Zwickau, Germany, to go up against the Citroen e-C4, Kia EV6 and the upcoming Skoda Enyaq coupe.

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As the ID.5 will be, in essence, a rebodied version of the ID.4, it’ll share the same MEB platform for VW Group EVs and have access to the same range of electric motors and powertrains as its SUV counterpart. 

The launch edition of the ID.5 will likely feature a 77kWh battery pack and a 201bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle, shared with the ID.4. However, due to its slightly more aerodynamic shape, its range could increase over the ID.4’s 310-mile figure.

At the top of the ID.5 line-up, the performance-focused GTX variant will use the same twin-motor, four-wheel drive powertrain found in the Skoda Enyaq vRS. The technology is also available on the ID.4 and develops 302bhp, which is enough for a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds.

Eventually, Volkswagen could also launch an entry-level version of the ID.5. That would likely be powered by a 52kWh battery pack and either a 146bhp or 168bhp electric motor. 

New Volkswagen ID.5: design and interior

From the front, the ID.5’s styling is pretty much identical to the ID.4’s, with familiar LED headlamps and a near-identical bumper. The concept’s radical sliding rear doors have also been ditched for the production model, while conventional B-pillars have been reinstated in the likely interest of cost reduction and crash safety.

At the rear, though, the prototype we spied more faithfully replicates the design of the ID.Crozz concept from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It shares the same sloping liftback and squared-off tail, along with a near-identical spoiler. It also looks like there’s a full-width light bar hiding beneath the masking on the development car’s boot lid.

Inside, the ID.5 should be identical to the ID.4. We can see it shares the same dashboard, digital instrument cluster and 10-inch infotainment system as the SUV. Buyers will also get Volkswagen’s latest augmented-reality head-up display and new ‘Hello ID’ voice control system.

We’re expecting that the ID.5 will lose a little practicality compared with its crossover sibling. The more coupe-like roofline will eat into rear-seat headroom, while the sportier line of the tailgate is likely to rob some boot space. With the rear bench in place, the ID.4 has a 543-litre boot, but ID.5 buyers could sacrifice more than 100 litres of capacity for the sleeker looks.

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