At the ongoing 2021 IAA Mobility Motor Show, Volkswagen’s CEO, Ralf Brandstatter, has confirmed that the ID.X Concept he posed with in May 2021, will go into production.

In a report by Auto Express, the CEO said the ID.X Concept was to show what is possible with an all-wheel drive hardware from the larger ID.4 GTX.

“The decision is made. We have the ID.4 GTX and the ID.3 GTX will come. We will add a performance engine on the rear axle to give the car more acceleration, more speed,” Brandstatter briefly explained.

A compilation of photos of the ID.X Concept car

The driving enthusiasts plays an important ‘family’ in the Volkswagen and with the immediate response from electric motors, Brandstatter wants customers to further experience that. The company will also develop autonomous vehicles for those who commute long distances and have no interest in driving.

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Brandstatter also hinted that Volkswagen’s performance-focused GTX nameplate for the ID. line-up could even include the venerable ‘R’ treatment in the future.  

The Volkswagen ID.4 GTX currently has a dual-motor setup for all-wheel drive traction and a combined system output of 299 hp and a large 77 kWh battery pack. Expect the smaller ID.3 GTX to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h faster than the 6.2-second time set by the larger sibling.

The highest performing rear-wheel drive Volkswagen ID.3 is the Pro S with a 204 hp/310 Nm motor output and 77 kWh battery pack. Equipped with a smaller 58 kWh battery pack sees the driving range decrease by 123 km to 425 km but the 0 to 100 km/h acceleration sprint is completed 0.6 seconds faster at 7.3 seconds.   

As for the ID.X Concept car, it was also given a weight reduction program via a lighter battery pack and reported to complete the century dash in just 5.3 seconds– which the Volkswagen chief did not share if it’s going into the production ID.3 GTX. The latest Volkswagen Golf R completes the benchmark sprint in just 4.7 seconds thanks to a 320 hp/420 Nm powertrain.

Volkswagen also recently teased the larger ID.5 GTX coupe-SUV that also sees the 299-hp powertrain being used. The dual-motor arrangement is also a rear-biased setup, with the rear motor generating 310 Nm of torque, with the front unit delivering just over half the value at 162 Nm.

While not specifically mentioned, it is only logical to see the ID.3 GTX in 2022, as Volkswagen would want to monetise and fulfil demands on the ID.5 GTX and ID.4 GTX first.

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