Volkswagen ID. XTREME

Volkswagen has unveiled the ID. XTREME concept, designed to showcase the performance potential and versatility of the manufacturer’s modular electric drive systems in an entirely off-road adventure setting.

Sep 13, 2022

The all-electric off-road concept vehicle is the most powerful ID. model yet, boasting an increase in system power to 285kW: 65kW more than available power in the ID.4 GTX upon which it is based.

Acoustically, the ID. XTREME also has a trick up its sleeve, with a special high-performance driving sound developed together with Volkswagen Design and output to the outside of the vehicle via a sound generator in the wheel housing.

Volkswagen has taken the wraps off its all-electric ID. XTREME off-road concept car, based on the performance-enhanced ID.4 GTX.

The ID. XTREME concept has been designed as an exceptional off-road concept car that is fully electric with a capable all-wheel drive system. Volkswagen says the latest ID. Design idea combines the strengths of a modern SUV with the sense of adventure embodied by a rugged off-road vehicle.

“The modular electric drive matrix (MEB) has enormous technical potential,” says Silke Bagschik, Head of the MEB Product Line at Volkswagen AG. “For many of our customers, vehicles are much more than just a means of transport. With the ID. XTREME, we are raising electric mobility from Volkswagen to a new performance level.”

The result of the project is a unique off-road vehicle that impresses with its rugged appearance and outstanding power. A high-performance drive on the rear axle and software adaptations in the drive control unit increase the system power of the concept car by 65kW to 285kW compared with the ID.4 GTX – in other words, by about 30 percent.

The exterior of the ID. XTREME shows that the vehicle is ready for every offroad adventure. Raised rally running gear, 18-inch off-road wheels, a modified crash member with additional front bumper, and 50mm-wider wings manufactured by 3D printing combine to give the concept vehicle an authentic off-road look. The roof carrier with additional LED lights and the completely closed aluminium underbody also equip the fully electric all-wheel drive vehicle for excursions away from paved roads.

Acoustically, the ID. XTREME also has something special to offer: an enhanced driving noise developed together with Volkswagen Design especially for the concept vehicle that is output to the outside of the vehicle via a sound generator in the wheel housing.

Inside, the concept car impresses with various highlights, including numerous Alcantara applications, revamped seats, and elements in accented orange.

The ID. XTREME is also designed with improved sustainability in mind: a no-longer-required test vehicle from Volkswagen’s production development team and a used 82kWh battery were taken as the basis for the concept vehicle.

While the Volkswagen ID. XTREME will be on show in Europe over the next few months, there are currently no plans to put the concept into production.