this electric off-roader is built for adventure

Volkswagen reveals the ID. Xtreme, based on his ID.4 GTX electric car. A 100% electric super off-road concept that could hit the production road in the next few years in another way.

After being plagued by the Dieselgate case more than five years ago, Volkswagen has embarked on an unprecedented transformation with the arrival of a 100% electric range. Far from being complete yet, it is already well supplied with ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 and other IDs. Buzz, the Bulli of modern times.

In a few years, Volkswagen will present new products, starting with the ID.2, a model that is intended to be affordable and whose price should be around 25,000 euros of base price. A sedan, the ID.7, replacing the Passat, is also expected to point its nose in a few months. It could break the range record on a single charge within the Volkswagen range thanks to particularly refined aerodynamics.

More power and more fun?

But while waiting for all these big news, Volkswagen is unveiling, via a press release, a rather eccentric concept car that should prove to electricity critics that this energy can make us fun cars. Here is the ID of the concept car. Extreme, a kind of 100% electric super off-roader which should foreshadow some new features for the Volkswagen range and perhaps new equipment in the accessories catalogue.

The identification. The Xtreme is based on the basics of the ID.4 and ID.5 GTX, a model that we tested a few months ago and unfortunately didn’t really excite us. But this concept car should undoubtedly correct all the flaws we could identify, starting with the slight lack of dynamism. The identification. Xtreme is entitled to a new software and a new engine that allows increasing the power of 88 channels in order to increase the 387 hp.

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The car uses off-road specific 18-inch wheels and has better ground clearance compared to the ID.4 GTX. To complete the range, Volkswagen added a kind of bullbar at the front and modified the front bumper to make it a little more resistant. The front fenders are also 50mm wider than the base model.

On the roof, we find an LED ramp that is inserted between the two roof bars. Aluminum shields have been added to the sides and level of the shields, while prominent wheel arches complete the ensemble. I’m not sure we found all these elements as accessories, but either way it gives the German off-road quite a look.

Little chance of seeing you on our roads

In addition to the aesthetic side, Volkswagen has also added a specific artificial noise that is relayed out of the vehicle by a sound generator located at the level of the wheel arches. Unfortunately, the brand didn’t reveal the sound, but it should be different from the ID.4 and probably keep the spirit outdoors of this beautiful baby.

Volkswagen ID.  Extreme

Inside, the Wolfsburg company hasn’t revealed any photos, we only know that new Alcantara inserts have been added, while new seats are on the way with a few splashes of orange to echo the exterior paintwork.

Volkswagen specifies that the vehicle was developed based on an existing ID.4 test vehicle, so aside from the few cosmetic changes and the addition of a few additional horsepower under the hood, everything related to the battery doesn’t change. Thus, the concept benefits from the large battery of 77 kWh which should allow for approximately 489 km on a single charge. In fact, with a model so powerful and made to ride with difficulty, there is little chance that it will make it to that number. Volkswagen specifies that, at this stage, no commercialization of this model is planned.

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