Hot Volkswagen ID. Buzz GTX spotted on test
A higher-specification VW ID. Buzz with all-wheel drive and an extra motor is on its way
Volkswagen is on the cusp of revealing a top-spec all-wheel drive version of its ID. Buzz. Due to use the GTX moniker, it’ll join the ID.4 GTX in utilising a dual-motor powertrain to give the electric van a mildly sporty make-over.
As seen here in a new set of spy shots, the GTX will debut a fresh front end with a slightly redesigned lower bumper. The new bumper will potentially join a bespoke wheel design, GTX badging and unique colour options to help demarcate the flagship ID. Buzz from lesser versions.
A close-up image of the ID. Buzz GTX steering wheel has already been revealed during a VW investor presentation, but it is the same wheel used on the firm’s two other MEB platform GTX products: the ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX.
The steering wheel won’t be the only similarity between those cars, either. The standard ID. Buzz uses a 77kWh battery - the same as VW’s other GTX offerings – but in the ID. Buzz GTX we expect power to rise from 201bhp to 295bhp, with torque remaining at 310Nm. The standard ID. Buzz sends drive to the rear wheels only, but the GTX will use a four-wheel-drive system just like the ID.5 GTX.
Performance should increase drastically from the regular car’s 10.2-second 0-62mph time and the 90mph top speed may even increase as well. The 255-mile range, however, will take a hit due to the extra power and the weight of the additional electric motor on the front axle.
Charging for the GTX shouldn’t be affected given it uses the same battery as other ID. Buzz versions. There should be 170kW charging on board, so the battery can be topped up from five to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes.
Given the GTX versions are designed to be the range-topping trim level in the all-electric VW line-up, the ID. Buzz GTX will probably receive all the equipment featured on the current top-spec 1st Edition model such as 21-inch wheels and a 12-inch touchscreen.
We expect to see the GTX join the ID. Buzz line up in 2023, with pricing announced later in the year.
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