Volkswagen ID5 GTX-02 Concept First Look Review: Electric SUV Coupe

Want to know what Volkswagen’s ID4 electric SUV looks like with a rakish, coupe-like roofline? Meet the Volkswagen ID5, shown here in “concept” form and dubbed the ID5 GTX-02. The swirly disguise doesn’t leave anything to the imagination. It’s a weird way to build excitement for the upcoming SUV “coupe,” but we’ll take any look we can get about the direction VW’s electric lineup is evolving.

A quick note about the GTX suffix: It represents a sporty trim, the ID line’s answer to the GTI and GLI trims you’re more familiar with. In Europe, the ID4 GTX we’ve already seen gets sportier styling, and more importantly, an additional front-axle motor. For the ID4, the GTX hardware bumps peak power from 201 to 299 horses. Remember, America will receive the ID4 AWD, with 295 ponies in total.

The roofline is considerably different from the already unconventional ID4, which has a fairly elegant sweep that terminates in a hockey stick-like contrasting panel that sort of masks the hooded rear hatch and rear quarter windows. Meanwhile, the ID5 GTX-02 sports a sedan-like roofline that dives below a well-integrated rear spoiler, giving a hint of a vestigial decklid. It all plays nicely with the rear quarter panels, which are fairly tall and come up to meet the C-pillars. It seems, to our eyes, to be undeniably more handsome than the ID4.

But at what cost to practicality? That remains to be seen. Remember, this is a “concept”—although the actual ID5 GTX will arrive at European dealerships next year with a projected driving range of more than 300 miles on the European test cycle.

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