Volkswagen says its next entry-level electric vehicle will be as spacious as a Golf but as affordable as a Polo. Just like these two sedans powered by combustion engines, the EV will receive a performance version. Talk with Top of the line magazine, Kai Grünitz, VW board member for technical development, says that a “sporty version” is already in the works with front-wheel drive.
He went on to say that the homies at Wolfsburg have yet to decide if it will be a GTI or GTX badge. The front-mounted electric motor should be impressively powerful given that the recently unveiled ID.2all already has 223 horsepower. It allows the concept to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in under seven seconds, making it about as fast as a fifth- or sixth-generation Golf GTI. Full throttle it will do 99 mph (160 km/h).
When can we expect to see the hot hatch? Well, the regular production model is expected to go on sale in 2025, so the GTI/GTX is unlikely to be available until later in 2026. Meanwhile, VW recently stopped taking new orders for the up ! GTI but you can still get the bigger Polo and Golf in the gran Jurismo Iinjection specification. The all-wheel-drive Golf R is also available, but all R models will go purely electric by the end of the decade. In the same interview with Top of the lineKai Grünitz has ruled out an ID.2all performance model equipped with all-wheel drive.
With the base ID.2all expected to cost under $25,000, logic tells us that the spicy derivative will start at over $30,000. Here in Germany, the Polo GTI sells from 33,455 euros while the Golf GTI is 40,905 euros excluding options.