- Volkswagen has unveiled the Volkwagen ID.5, the third member and now top model of VW’s EV family.
Based on the ID.4, the E-SUV coupé is equipped with the new ID. software version 3.0, which includes improved charging performance and voice control among other features. With the use of swarm data and latest-generation driver assistance systems, Volkswagen is also taking the next step towards automated driving with this new model.
A sporty ID.5 GTX model with dual-motor all-wheel drive and 295bhp is also set to join the range and like all ID. models, Volkswagen’s first e-SUV coupés are based on the Volkswagen modular electric drive matrix (MEB).
All ID.5 models in the UK are powered by a large, long-range 77kWh battery and offer a range of up to 323 miles (WLTP) and up to 304 miles (WLTP) for the GTX version.
The Volkswagen ID.5 will go on sale early 2022 with pricing to be confirmed closer to launch.
- Another SUV-coupé from Volkswagen is the Volkswagen Taigo and was launched this week.
The Taigo is VW’s first European-market SUV-coupé and is based on the VW Polo and T-Cross models. Already on sale in South America for the past year under the name Volkswagen Nivus, the Taigo range features four engine and gearbox configurations, with the combination depending on specification. The entry-level Taigo Life is available with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, 95 PS TSI petrol engine, fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox, as well as a 110 PS engine of the same size, mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox1, or a 7-speed DSG automatic.
Claire Haynes, Taigo Product Manager at Volkswagen UK, said: “The Taigo is special, being the first SUV-coupé in the Volkswagen range, and it offers a diverse range of qualities recognisable from the brand’s hatchbacks and other SUVs. It really does provide the best of many worlds.
“Its blend of technology, style, practicality and quality make it entirely at home within the Volkswagen SUV family, but its special status as the brand’s first SUV-coupé, and its focus on connectivity, style, and scope for personalisation, mean that it has its own unique character within the range.”
The Volkswagen Taigo is available to order now with prices starting at £21,960.
- MG has revealed prices and specs for the refreshed MG ZS EV.
Available with a larger 72kWh Long Range battery, the New MG ZS EV will be offered in three trim levels: SE, Trophy and Trophy Connect.
The renewed model builds on the success of the existing ZS EV, which is the brand’s best-selling pure electric model and a consistent fixture among the UK’s top 10 best-selling EVs. The revised model makes the MG ZS EV even better and is characterised by a modernised design, improved performance, a significantly longer range, and even more technology.
In styling terms, the New MG ZS EV gets a new electric-only front end, with a stamped-effect grille to improve aerodynamics and a new side-opening charging port. The bold new face is set off by LED headlights and distinctive daytime running lights. It also gets a redesigned rear bumper and new wheels.
The Long Range 72kWh battery delivers a range of up to 273 miles (WLTP combined cycle), a substantial increase over the outgoing model, which has a combined range of 163 miles.
The New MG ZS EV is available to order now with prices starting from £28,495 (after Plug-in Car Grant).
- Toyota have revealed the All-New Toyota Aygo X, a unique urban crossover for A-segment and replacement of the current Aygo.
Pronounced Aygo Cross, the new model has been designed and produced in Europe to meet the demands of European urban and suburban life. To make Aygo X the best proposition in its class, Toyota undertook thorough research into urban driving requirements across the continent, listening to customers’ desires for a stylish, compact and confident car.
Andrea Carlucci, Vice President, Product and Marketing of Toyota Motor Europe said “The A-segment is very important to us. Not only has it brought many new customers to Toyota. It also fulfils our mission to provide everyone with the right mobility solution.”
Details of the UK model range and specifications will be announced in due course.