Volkswagen’s Latest: The ID. Buzz GTX unveiled with 340hp

Volkswagen’s high-performance variant of its retro-styled electric van, the ID. Buzz GTX, gets new batteries and all-wheel drive.

Volkswagen continues to expand its range of higher-performance electric vehicles with the introduction of the ID. Buzz GTX, the top-spec variant of its iconic retro-styled van. It joins other GTX versions of the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 and ID.7. Offering a choice between two wheelbase options, each accompanied by different battery capacities, the ID. Buzz GTX blends of nostalgia and cutting-edge technology.

Volkswagen ID. GTX models

It boasts unique styling cues, including a sportier front bumper design with a more porous black honeycomb grille, which sets it apart from the regular ID. Buzz models. New triangular LED daytime running lights add a sense of width to the front end, and the GTX gets Volkswagen’s IQ.Light LED matrix headlights as standard.

A new colour option called Cherry Red is available exclusively to the ID. Buzz GTX can be specified as a solid paint scheme or in a two-tone form with Mono Silver metallic. Six solid colours and four two-tone options are also available. The GTX badging and door mirrors have high-gloss black finishes. New 19-inch Venlo alloy wheels are standard, and two optional designs are available: the all-black Caracas and the sophisticated black diamond-cut Townsville, both available in 21-inch sizes.

Revised interior

Step inside, and you’ll be greeted by a luxurious cabin with a black headliner and exclusive GTX-designed seats. Crafted with black ArtVelours Eco microfleece featuring a diamond pattern and contrasting red stitching and piping, the seats offer comfort and style. The redesigned panoramic sunroof has smart glass technology that can switch electrically between opaque and transparent with a button or voice control.

Volkswagen has made several updates to the ID. Buzz GTX’s interior, including a larger touchscreen that measures 12.9 inches, up from the standard model’s 12-inch display. Its capacitive touchbars on the base are now illuminated (hooray!) so that you can see the temperature and volume sliders at night.

ID. Buzz GTX interior

The infotainment system now runs the latest software and benefits from new graphics, menu layouts, and faster processing power. Users can configure the home screen to their preferences. Its IDA voice assistant is said to be better at handling more natural commands. For example, you can say, “I’m cold,” and IDA will turn up the heating by one degree.

As is the current trend among car makers, Volkswagen is adding ChatGBP integration to the ID. Buzz GTX to support and improve its voice assistant. When the user activates it by saying “Hey IDA”, any request is anonymously forwarded to the AI if the previous systems cannot answer. Volkswagen says that ChatGBP has no access to the vehicle’s data, and both questions and answers are deleted immediately to comply with data protection best practices. An optional colour head-up display has also been added to the GTX.

Flexibility is vital, so the ID. Buzz GTX offers various seating configurations to suit every need. Whether it’s the five- or six-seat setup in the standard wheelbase or the option for six or seven seats in the extended version, this van adapts effortlessly to accommodate passengers and cargo alike.

The ID. Buzz GTX offers generous cargo space, with up to 1,121 litres in the standard wheelbase and a whopping 2,123 litres with the rear seats folded down. The extended wheelbase variant further enhances cargo capacity, making it ideal for adventures of all

Powerful Performance

It packs a punch with dual motors, delivering a combined output of 340hp and a maximum torque of 560Nm. With a brisk acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 6.5 seconds.

The GTX generally operates as a rear-wheel drive vehicle. A permanent magnet synchronous motor (PSM), known internally as the APP550, produces 286hp (210kW) and a maximum torque output of 560Nm for the rear axle.

The front axle is fitted with a smaller asynchronous motor (ASM), known as AKA150, producing 109hp (80kW) and 134Nm. Volkswagen uses a different type of motor for this application, as when it is in standby mode it consumes very little energy, only activating when full power is requested. The combined output of the dual-motor setup is 340hp (250kW), resulting in a 0-100km/h acceleration in 6.5 seconds regardless of battery size. Top speed is electronically limited to 160km/h.

The 79kWh and 86kWh battery packs are new designs that use 12 and 13-cell modules, respectively. The ID. Buzz GTX ensures fast charging capabilities, with peak rates of 185kW for the 79kWh battery and 200kW for the larger 86kWh unit. Battery pre-conditioning software on both models optimises charging times, ensuring that the battery is ready to accept the highest rate of charge when it arrives at the planned charging stop.

Having two motors also benefits the ID. Buzz GTX’s towing ability. The standard wheelbase can support a maximum braked trailer weight of 1,800kg. The capacity drops slightly for the longer wheelbase, to 1,600kg, but this is still a big improvement over what was previously available with the ID. Buzz.