Note: By 2033, Volkswagen will produce only electric vehicles in Europe
By 2027, Volkswagen plans to launch 11 all-electric models—ranging from a compact car with a price tag of less than €25,000 through to a family saloon. The ID. GTI concept we’re seeing here is also gonna be one of those, which of course, is an all-electric version of a celebrated nameplate.
The Volkswagen ID. GTI concept might look familiar, and that is because it is a sporty version of the ID. 2all concept we saw earlier this year. In other words, the ID. 2all and ID. GTI concepts are gonna be all-electric versions of the Golf and Golf GTI, respectively.
The ID. GTI concept distinguishes itself from its ID. 2all sibling with GTI-specific front bumper with a honeycomb-patterned grille; vertically mounted DRLs; 20-inch GTI Concept alloy wheels; a roof spoiler; a sporty rear bumper with large diffuser, and of course, smoked-effect taillights with 3D clusters.
Well, on the inside, as if a large digital cluster (10.9-inch) and a central touchscreen (12.9-inch) aren’t enough, there’s an augmented reality head-up display as well that projects data onto the entire windscreen – stretching all the way to the front passenger. The data displayed depends on the driving mode. In standard driving mode, for example, information such as the speed or current range is projected in front of the driver and front passenger. And, if you take the car to Nürburgring Nordschleife and switch to GTI mode, the course of the track and the position of the car are displayed on the far left of the windscreen.
The ID. GTI concept has a few more tricks up its sleeve – actually, in its driver seat. The driver seat backrest is equipped with a pulse sensor (GTI Heartbeat) – a red-pulsating LED element. When the vehicle is locked using the keyfob, this activates the anti-theft alarm and the GTI Heartbeat visible from outside and signals the driver that the vehicle is secure. And, the fabric upholstery used is called Jack-e (instead of Jacky, the name used for the fabric in the Golf GTI VI).
As for the storage capacity, the ID. GTI concept claims 490 litres. There is a further 50-litre stowage area under the rear bench seat. If you fold down the backrest, the luggage capacity expands to 1,330 litres.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the ID. GTI concept is also gonna be a front-wheel-drive configuration, with undisclosed power and torque figures.