I think I speak for most people that LinkedIn is sort of like the “weird side of the internet” that you basically don’t visit unless you’re in a job that requires you to – or say, when you’re looking for a new job. But successful people like the CEO of Volkswagen, Ralf Brandstätter clearly thinks quite differently than us.

Since he took over the role as CEO of VW Group, Brandstätter has been posting a myriad of valuable information on the “professional networking” site, including further details about the Project Trinity. And this time, he’s once again taken to LinkedIn to give us a first look at the Volkswagen ID.X!

According to the post, the ID.X is clearly labelled as a “concept car”, and will not be for sale. But frankly, judging by the reaction in the comments section, and how much work has gone into it, it’s hard to see Volkswagen not wanting to sell this car. Plus, remember when VW themselves hinted at the possibility of a ID.3 ‘R’?

The Volkswagen ID.X takes most of its guts from the recently-launched ID.4 GTX, and stuffing them into the body of the smaller ID.3 hatchback. These include the GTX’s four-wheel drive electric drivetrain which makes 220 kW (295 hp), alongside its larger 82 kWh battery.

But Volkswagen didn’t just put a more powerful motor in there and call it a day. Aside from more performance, the German carmaker also managed to shave off a tonne (figuratively) of weight, making it 200 kg lighter than its “ID sibling with a similar battery pack”.

As a result, the electric hot hatch “prototype” launches itself to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 5.3 seconds. For context, that’s just 0.6 seconds off the pace of Volkswagen’s own balls-to-the-wall petrol-powered Golf R hot hatch, and it’s even 0.4 seconds faster than the Golf GTI Clubsport! Additionally, this being two individually-powered axle, it also comes with a drift mode – just like the Golf R.

To complement its extra performance, Volkswagen has given the ID.X “concept car” some bigger wheels, alongside a generous dashing of neon green colour both inside and out of the electric hot hatch. There also seems to be sportier bucket seats, wrapped in some sort of microfibre material.

Brandstätter ended his post by saying “I have often talked about how versatile our MEB [platform] is. The ID.X makes this very clear. Even if the ID.X will not be a production vehicle, we will take up many ideas.” But really – you want this as a production car, don’t you?


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