New Patents Hint That Volkswagen ID5 and ID6 EVs Might Come to U.S.
The U.S.-market 2023 Volkswagen ID4 is a solid all-rounder of a compact electric SUV, offering rear- or all-wheel-drive, a comfortable interior, and just enough performance to keep you moving down the highway. It’s a very calculated package, and not one meant for pure performance. VW is a family brand first, but even then, the ID4 only goes so far.
We’ve been told to expect more all-electric ID vehicles in the near future. Earlier in June of this year, VW teased its upcoming EV sedan with the ID Aero concept car, which is expected to go into production in 2023 for the 2024 model year. It’s possible we’ll even see this car at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show in just a few days. That car should accommodate anyone potentially looking for a little more performance compared to the ID4, at least we’d hope.
To accommodate anybody who might need more space over performance, it looks like the automaker’s North American EV lineup could rapidly expand beyond the ID Aero sedan soon enough, with new patent filings in the U.S. seemingly depicting the Euro- and Chinese-market VW ID5 and ID6 all-electric SUVs. It’s possible the U.S. patent filings of these foreign-market models are just legal protection of company assets on VW’s part, and there are no active plans to bring them stateside. For example, the most recent VW Polo hatchback was filed with the U.S. patent office as well, even though it’s not sold here (currently), and isn’t likely to be sold here considering the lack of a booming hatchback market.
Still, it’s a lot of trouble to go through for almost nothing, and patent filings often predate an actual production model (or at least intentions). The patent filings were only released last week, right before any potential news to be announced at the LA Auto Show, so the timing could be right for news.
The VW ID5 is the cut-roof “coupe” version of our ID4, essentially. It offers a slightly sportier exterior appearance for a marginally compromised passenger and cargo area, cutting into headroom and rear storage space. On rear-drive models, the ID5 Pro Performance’s single motor is boosted to 201 horsepower, up from the standard rear-drive ID5 Pro’s 172 hp.
There’s also the significantly sportier ID5 GTX, which gets a black-contrasted roof panel and a more powerful dual-motor setup with an output of 295 hp. It seems perfectly suited to the typically North American quest for more power, and we wager 300 hp might just be the sweet spot for the existing ID models so far.
The VW ID6 is a little more straightforward, to be thought of as an all-electric, seven-seater version of the midsize SUV, up a segment from the U.S. ID4. To fit all seven of those seats, the ID6 is 11.6 inches longer overall than the ID4. In China, the ID6 is joined by an additional model, the ID6 Crozz, which features different styling inside and out, as well as improved performance to offer a slightly more premium package over the standard ID6 X in that market. According to the images from the U.S. patent filings, it looks like we’d be getting the ID6 X, at least in regard to exterior styling. MotorTrend didn’t immediately locate an additional ID6 Crozz U.S. patent filing.
Selling the sportier-looking ID5 and the larger overall ID6 in the U.S. would help round out VW’s North American EV SUV lineup, and it would take less than no time considering most of the tooling and production headaches have been settled. VW would just need to make sure it could match production capacity, and decide if it wants to import these models or localize production to North America.
We haven’t heard any news or rumor either way beyond these patents, for what it’s worth, beyond that VW has said it will produce a three-row ID8 EV SUV—which may or may not come to the U.S., and may or may not share styling cues with the ID6. The automaker does potentially have enough capacity at its current Tennessee facilities which manufacture batteries and assemble the ID4 to expand with more MEB vehicle platform based models. We’ll just have to wait and see how VW’s product plans shake out.
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