Now is the name of Volkswagen ID. Life GTX variant on the cards
The Volkswagen ID. Life will be a performance-based GTX model, according to the brand’s sales and marketing director, Klaus Zellmer.
The VW ID. The Life GTX will hit the market shortly after the later production version of VW’s baby EV crossover in 2025, bringing more power and a sportier chassis setup, along with a host of cosmetic upgrades and our exclusive image previews of what it might look like.
Zellmer told Auto Express at the Munich Motor Show that the GTX name should be appended to each ID. Model in the offer of the German brand: “In the long run, GTX is something that we want for every derivative,” he said. “So GTX is also something that we potentially have for the ID. Life”.
This plan is an integral part of a new offering structure that VW will adopt with its future electric vehicles. The idea is that instead of having cars with a variety of specifications ex works, the offering will be more consistent, with customers buying a “base vehicle” and enabling options through over-the-air software updates. This simplifies every series and lowers manufacturing costs – and with electric drives, the digital engineering options are expanded even further.
A software update could release more power from the electric motor and additional range from the battery in the future, a strategy with which future GTX variants could possibly be created in some market segments.
However, it remains to be seen whether the ID. The lifelong production car will be sufficient to achieve the required level of performance that a GTX-labeled model with software optimization alone requires.
Zellmer: “We will have to see whether the battery technology can fulfill the performance promise of the GTX. If so, then we’ll stick with limited [powertrain] Variants. If not, we have to adapt accordingly, with a larger battery and a different motor. “
Engine calibration and software optimizations could also improve the ID. The handling of the Life GTX with newly tuned torque vectoring and active torque distribution will likely unleash a new dynamic personality, as was the case with the already introduced ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX electric SUVs from VW. The clever integrated stability control system, Vehicle Dynamics Manager, on these cars is likely to help increase agility as well.
In concept form, the ID. Life has a 228 hp electric motor, front-wheel drive and a range of 248 miles. With its added performance potential, expect a GTX variant that delivers more modest value.
For the ID. Live, but with the GTX booking, it’s probably the most expensive option and could cost more than £ 25,000.
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