Volkswagen unveils ID GTI as hot hatch goes electric

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Author: | Updated: 04 Sep 2023 11:30

Volkswagen has unveiled an all-new concept called the ID GTI, which is poised to take on the iconic badge when it launches in production form in 2026.

Based on the ID.2, the ID GTI will be the brand’s first true all-electric hot hatchback. Here’s everything we know so far.

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Volkswagen ID GTI fast facts

  • Set to launch in 2026/7
  • Hot ID GTI will get a sub £30k list price
  • Takes styling elements from ID.2 concept
  • Performance stats to be confirmed
  • Will take on cars like the Abarth 500e

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Volkswagen ID GTI styling

Based closely on the ID2 supermini concept, the ID GTI bears all the hallmarks of the traditional Volkswagen hot hatch. The car gets a notably sportier look than the ID.2, featuring larger bumpers, a body kit and huge alloy wheels.

We’ll have to wait and see just how much the production model will resemble the concept, but if Volkswagen’s ID range are anything to go by, it’ll be quite close. The GTI badge features heavily, and contrasts neatly with the body colour.

In fact the body has been styled to imitate certain classic GTI features, which will help mark it out from more standard models. These include the body cladding on the wheel arches and the design of the alloy wheels.

Volkswagen CEO Thomas Schafer commented: “We have iconic names. It would be crazy to let them die and slip away” – all but confirming that the all-electric GTI is now officially part of the brand’s larger EV offensive.

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Volkswagen ID interior and tech

The GTI theme continues in the cabin, where a sporty steering wheel is flainked by contrasting trim pieces. The Golf’s traditional tartan upholstery is present, and the iconic golf ball gear selector is now a feature of the infotainment rotary controller.

The 13in infotainment system and large digital driver display will also be heavily themed towards the iconic badge. Ambient lighting is also present, with LEDs even incorporated into the backrests of the front sports seats.

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Volkswagen ID GTI drivetrain

No official details have been confirmed yet, but we reckon the ID GTI will get a punchy battery pack and electric motor producing around 250hp. Sub-six second 0-62mph times are likely, although top speed will most likely be limited.

The ID GTI will share a drivetrain with the Cupra Raval. This model produces around 230hp and has a range of more than 200 miles – we can expect the ID GTI to feature similar specs.

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Volkswagen ID GTI release date

The ID GTI concept was officially unveiled at the Munich Motor Show, and we can expect a production version to be revealed in 2026. This means it’s unlikely deliveries in the UK will commence until 2027.

We’ll bring you further details on the model as and when they’re revealed. If you can’t wait until then, hit the button below to compare deals on the current Volkswagen range that is available right now.

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