- The GTX label should stand for the most powerful electric cars from VW – analogous to GTI, GTD and GTE
- Picture gallery: VW ID.4 GTX (2021)
- Battery and charging
- Interior and equipment
- Technical data of the VW ID.4 GTX
The GTX label should stand for the most powerful electric cars from VW – analogous to GTI, GTD and GTE
VW presents the expected all-wheel drive version of the VW ID.4. The drive is similar to that of the Audi Q4 e-tron quattro and the top version of the Skoda Enyaq from two electric motors with a total of 220 kW.
Unlike at Audi and Skoda, the all-wheel drive version at VW gets a certain special position by sticking the GTX label on it. GTX is supposed to be the electric equivalent of the labels GTI (strong petrol), GTD (strong diesel) and GTE (strong plug-in hybrids).
Picture gallery: VW ID.4 GTX (2021)
The ID.4 GTX has an electric motor on the rear and front axle. The rear one is the well-known 150 kW machine, VW does not specify the power of the front one. Together they provide 220 kW. The all-wheel drive accelerates the car to 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 180 km / h. Prices start at 50,415 euros; the subsidy of 7,500 euros net can be deducted from this. The 77 kWh battery provides a WLTP range of 480 km; is charged with up to 125 kW. The market launch is in summer 2021.
The GTX is not yet configurable, but if you add it to the previous offer, the model range looks like this:
|version||engine||Battery / approximate range (WLTP)||price|
|Pure||109 kW (149 hp)||52 kWh / 350 km||35,950 euros|
|Pure City||109 kW||52 kWh||40,170 euros|
|Pure style||109 kW||52 kWh||44,555 euros|
|Pure performance||125 kW (170 hp)||52 kWh||38,450 euros|
|Pure Performance City||125 kW||52 kWh||41,670 euros|
|Pure performance style||125 kW||52 kWh||46,055 euros|
|Pro performance||150 kW (204 PS)||77 kWh / 520 km||44,450 euros|
|Pro performance life||150 kW||77 kWh||47,020 euros|
|Pro performance business||150 kW||77 kWh||51,005 euros|
|Pro Performance Family||150 kW||77 kWh||52,205 euros|
|Pro Performance Tech||150 kW||77 kWh||55,410 euros|
|Per performance max||150 kW||77 kWh||58,820 euros|
|GTX||220 kW||77 kWh / 500 km||50,415 euros|
In many driving situations, the permanently excited synchronous machine (PSM) works with 150 kW on the rear axle alone, which, according to VW, has a high degree of efficiency. The asynchronous machine (ASM) on the front axle is only activated when a sporty driving style is desired or more traction is needed.
VW does not state the performance of the ASM. From a conversation with an Audi expert we know that the front engine has an output of 80 kW, which would result in a total output of 230 kW. However, the system performance is limited to 220 kW by the power output of the battery.
VW also says that the 220 kW is the "maximum power determined in accordance with UN-GTR.21, which can be accessed for a maximum of 30 seconds". In order for 220 kW to be available, the battery must be between 23 and 50 degrees and a charge level of over 88 percent.
The recuperation is usually carried out by the efficient PSM in the rear; the ASM is only involved in the event of more severe braking. Electric brakes are applied up to around 0.3 g, above which the wheel brakes are added, with disks at the front and low-wear and low-maintenance drum brakes at the rear – as is the case with many electric cars.
Battery and charging
The 77 kWh battery weighs 486 kilograms and consists of twelve modules of 24 cells each. The modules are tempered by a base plate with integrated water channels. Volkswagen guarantees that the battery will still have at least 70 percent of its original capacity after eight years or 160,000 km of driving.
The battery temperature can be indirectly influenced to a certain extent via the stationary air conditioning function and the state of charge can be set in the vehicle, among other things. The current available power is shown in the driving power display of the vehicle.
It is charged with up to 11 kW alternating current or up to 125 kW direct current. In this way, electricity can be recharged for a maximum of 300 WLTP km in around 30 minutes. For charging at home, VW recommends its "ID. Charger", which is available in three versions, each offering 11 kW.
One of the special optical features of the GTX is a new light signature: three LEDs are positioned one above the other in the air inlets at the front. At the rear, the brake light shines in the form of an X, the dynamic turn signal wipes from the inside to the outside.
In addition, the strips on the doors are painted in the same color as the car; only the narrow attachments in the lower area of the body remain black. The roof and rear spoiler are also black, as are the air grilles on the front.
The rear bumper has a new, striking design. GTX badges adorn the fenders, doors and rear. A new red metallic color has been added to the paintwork.
Interior and equipment
There is a new color concept inside: Dark tones are predominant, the upper area of the dashboard and the artificial leather inserts in the doors are kept in dark blue. Red contrasting stitching sets accents here and on the seats. The steering wheel, steering column, display housing and door islands shine in classy black. The GTX logo appears on the steering wheel, the door sills and – as a perforation – in the upper area of the front seat backrests.
The instrument display is 5.3 inches diagonally, the touchscreen measures 10 inches as standard, optionally 12 inches. As standard there is a driving mode selection with the modes Eco, Comfort, Sport, Individual and Traction. The optional sports package includes a sports suspension that lowers the body 15 millimeters and the progressive steering. The "Sports Package Plus" also includes adaptive shock absorbers (DCC).
The software architecture allows updates to be brought into the car even after the purchase. From summer 2021, VW also plans to provide regular over-the-air updates.
The standard equipment includes LED matrix headlights, a touchscreen up to 12 inches in size, and the well-known augmented reality head-up display is available as an option. As with the other ID.4 models, there are equipment packages called Design, Comfort, Infotainment, Assistance and Sport. Alternatively, they are also available in a "plus" version.
The design and comfort packages include a large panoramic glass roof, front side windows made of acoustic glass, privacy glazing for the rear, heated front seats, two- or three-zone automatic air conditioning and a particularly versatile center console. For the luggage compartment there is a double loading floor that makes the loading step disappear, a mesh partition and a luggage net.
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Technical data of the VW ID.4 GTX
- Drive: all-wheel drive with 150 kW at the rear and 220 kW system output
- 0-100 km / h / top: 6.2 seconds / 180 km / h
- Battery / range: 77 kWh net / 480 km WLTP
- Power consumption: 18.1-19.1 kWh / 100 km NEDC
- Charging: up to 11 kW AC, up to 125 kW DC
- Range reload:
- Dimensions: 4,582 mm length / 1,852 mm width / 1,616 mm height / 2,765 mm wheelbase
- Trunk: 543-1,575 liters
- drag coefficient: 0.29
- Trailer load: 1,200 kg (12 percent, braked)
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