Volkswagen to use GTX badge for performance EVs
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - Volkswagen is planning to revive the GTX moniker for high performance versions of its ID electric car family, Autocar reports.
According to the British publication, which cites “high-ranking sources”, the company is planning a whole range of GTX models, one of which will be based on the production version of the ID Crozz Concept, which will take the form of a crossover vehicle positioned above the ID.3 hatchback. On that note, we'd be surprised if VW wasn’t also planning a GTX version of the ID.3 in order to lure GTI buyers into the electric age.
It has also been suggested that the GTX models might have dual-motor powertrains with a power source on each axle to create all-wheel-drive. Not only will they be more powerful, but the GTX derivatives will also have unique styling features that set them apart from the humbler models, Autocar reports.
Incidentally, the GTX badge has in the past been used on some Golf derivatives, including a sporty Golf 1 variant in South Africa, and a few Golf 4 and 5 models overseas.
With Tesla having proven that there is an appetite for extremely fast EVs, VW will be keen to tap into this market with the new GTX range. And the possibilities for these performance models are endless, as VW is planning to eventually have a full range of ID vehicles in all shapes and sizes, from hatchbacks and sedans to wagons and SUVs, and even an MPV inspired by the T1 Kombi and a Buggy.
The first member of the electric family to hit the streets is the ID.3, a Golf-sized hatchback that was revealed at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Depending on the model chosen, the ID.3 has a claimed range of between 330km and 550km between charges, on the WLFP cycle.