VW CEO reveals the ID.X concept.

The new EV will pack in an ID.4 like performance in the ID.3 chassis.

Volkswagen is on the roll with its electric cars. Another month and we have another ID series EV, the ID.X. The hatchback concept has been revealed by company CEO, Ralf Brandstätter, via his personal Linkedin account. And this car will be featured in the next green lantern movie. No, it won’t. I’m just kidding. There no new Green Lantern movie to begin with. Thank God! No more attempts to ruin the GL comics, please DC.

Anyways, the literally all green ID.X is a mix of ID.3 and ID.4 GTX, providing it with a mix of style and performance. While the new EV hot hatch gets its design cues from the ID.3 with more aggressive styling, on the inside it mimics the powerful version of the ID.4 GTX’s all-wheel-drive powertrain.

Even though the ID.X is based on the ID.3 design, it has its unique distinctive elements to give its own identity. The most notable cosmetic changes to the ID.X over the standard ID.3 is the grey-and-green livery. Obviously, duh! And the close winner of the fancy dress is the large-diameter alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tyres which actually looks subtle yet sophisticated. There are green highlights headlamps too, around the projector elements. The green highlights have been carried to the inside as well Inside, around the AC vents and steering. The rest of the dashboard is pretty familiar with the stock ID.3. The standard seats of the standard ID.3 have been replaced by sports seats on the front and are finished in alcantara with green stitching and piping. (That’s VW showing you how serious they’re with their Go-Green drive, with their new colour scheme, I guess.)

Coming to the real deal, the powertrain. According to the details revealed by Brandstätter, the ID.X will get a significant performance upgrade over all variants of the ID.3. The revealed data shows figures of 334hp, which is not only 130hp more than the most powerful variant currently on sale but also 27hp more than even the hot GTX version of the larger ID.4 SUV. 

The ID.X will also inherit the four-wheel-drive system of the ID.4 GTX version. However, previously it had been thought that the AWD system couldn’t be accommodated by the ID.3’s standard-length MEB architecture. So this raises a genuine concern whether this concept makes any compromises on the seating or storage capacity to make room for the complex all-wheel-drive system. Interestingly, even with the addition of the AWD, the concept is said to weigh 200kg less than the standard ID.3. Although VW is yet to reveal the secret potion for this weight loss.

Furthermore, the Volkswagen CEO revealed that the concept is capable of a 0 to 100kph (62mph) in just 5.3sec. Making the deal even sweeter it will come with a dedicated Drift mode – as featured on the German automaker’s new Golf R hot hatch.

Ralf Brandstätter has said that while the ID.X isn’t destined for production. (Okay maybe it is destined for the Green Lantern movie, as none of them is going to happen).

However, despite the bummer, VW CEO said the German automaker will “take up many ideas” from this project. He further explained, “It was created because the engineers who worked on the ID.4 GTX have discovered the fun of developing high-performance electric cars, and so we just let them do it”.

As per a previous report, Volkswagen’s R division is developing a plan for a full-bore, R-badged version of the ID.3 as its first EV, which is expected to hit the market in 2024. So that may draw inspiration from the ID.X concept. For now, let’s cross our fingers and hope this green power beast make it to the real world in some form.

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Himanshu Harsh

My love for automobiles is what fuels my writing. You can catch me twisting synth knobs when I'm not drooling over cars.

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