Volkswagen release more details on their new ID.5 electric crossover-style sports utility vehicle (SUV)

Volkswagen have released more details about their new ID.5 electric car. The new crossover-style sports utility vehicle (SUV) expands on their hugely successful ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 SUV models.

The elegant, expressive E-SUV coupé is equipped with the new ID. software version 3.0. This includes improved charging performance and voice control among other features. With the use of swarm data and the latest-generation driver assistance systems, Volkswagen is also taking the next step towards automated driving.

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This electric vehicle (EV) is powered by a 77kWh lithium-ion battery that’s located battery between the axles to improve handling. This will deliver a projected range of up to 309 miles (497km).

Ralf Brandstätter, brand CEO, said: “The ID.5 is electric, sporty and elegant. Our premium SUV coupé with all-electric drive marks another milestone in our ACCELERATE strategy.

“It offers locally carbon-neutral driving enjoyment for a discerning customer group. We are breaking into a completely new market segment with this model.”

Elegant and dynamic design, outstanding aerodynamics, extensive range. The new ID.5 and the sporty ID.5 GTX both offer outstanding aerodynamics and an extensive range. Once again it is based on the Volkswagen modular electric drive matrix (MEB) electric platform.

Jozef Kabaň, Volkswagen head of design, said: “The ID.5 is the body style of the future: aerodynamic, expressive, sporty and, thanks to MEB, with short overhangs.

“That’s how we have been able to ensure a spacious interior despite the dynamic roofline – this simply wasn’t possible before.”

At 4599mm long (ID.5 GTX: 4582mm), the e-SUV coupé from Volkswagen will launch in 2022 with three engine options. The ID.5 will be powered by an electric engine in the rear. The dual-motor all-wheel drive of the ID.5 GTX will be powered by an e-motor on the front and rear axles.

The new software generation 3.0 allows for over-the-air updates and activation of additional functions so that the ID.5 can stay up-to-date for a long time. Innovative assistance systems such as Travel Assist with swarm data allow for an even more relaxed and predictive driving experience. The new optional Park Assist Plus with memory function takes care of personalised parking processes on request.

Thomas Ulbrich, member of the board of management for technical development, said: “The electronic Vehicle Dynamics Manager is a groundbreaking development by Volkswagen.

“We have networked it with other important control systems, and it is also integrated with the all-wheel control function. This brings an entirely new level of sporty driving pleasure, traction and driving safety.”

All ID.5 engine types are powered by a large, long-range battery. A low drag coefficient of 0.26 (0.27 in the ID.5 GTX) increases efficiency and boosts the vehicle’s extensive range. This capability is further supported by the integrated spoiler in the wide-opening, aerodynamically shaped tailgate.

Electric cooling air vents in the front of the vehicle open only when necessary to ensure optimal airflow.

The 2766mm wheelbase facilitates interior spatial conditions comparable to those of SUVs in higher vehicle classes. The luggage compartment volume is 549 litres and the materials and manufacturing of the vehicle are premium quality.

With the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX, Volkswagen is tapping into an entirely new market segment and thereby advancing its electric offensive in all vehicle classes in the framework of its ACCELERATE strategy.

By 2030, at least 70 percent of Volkswagen’s unit sales in Europe are expected to come from electric-only vehicles. That is equivalent to more than one million vehicles.

In North America and China, the goal is that electric vehicles will account for at least 50 percent of unit sales. To achieve these goals, Volkswagen is launching at least one electric vehicle onto the market every year.

The CO2 emissions per vehicle are set to decrease by up to 40 percent by as soon as 2030. On its “Way to ZERO”, the company is planning to become climate-neutral by 2050 at the latest.

The new ID.5 and the sporty ID.5 GTX with dual-motor all-wheel drive are manufactured at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau and are carbon-neutral upon handover to the customer.

When charged using 100 percent green energy, the vehicles are already virtually climate-neutral. With its We Charge charging system, Volkswagen offers the fastest-growing environmentally-friendly system for convenient, networked and sustainable charging.

The network has around 250,000 charging points across Europe. Using the standard Mode 3 cable, the e-SUV coupé can also be charged with up to 11kW of alternating current (AC), even when it is out and about. Charging performance can reach up to 135kW as standard at a fast-charge station.

It’s an exciting time for Volkswagen in the electric vehicle space with more models in their range. Both the ID.3 and ID.4 have won the hearts of many drivers, along with many awards and accolades. Ultimately, sales have proved just how well-received these models have been. We will bring you more details as they are released.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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