The Volkswagen ID Xtreme Concept Looks Almost Production Ready, but…

It'd be cool if it went to production, but take this with a grain of salt

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This Volkswagen ID Xtreme Concept appears to be a step in a more serious direction for off-road enthusiasts.

Believe it or not, the Volkswagen ID Xtreme concept isn’t the ID.4’s first go at a rugged EV. Last year, a race prepped ID.4 completes the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. While it was a rear-drive model, it still demonstrated that the MEB platform was rugged, and could handle upgrades.

Volkswagen unveiled the concept recently, to a group of sustainability fans.

This new concept was built with an 82-kWh battery, along with a front and rear motor. Normally, maximum output is 220 kW (combined), but VW boosted the power around 30-percent to make 285 kW. Adding to the platform, VW added 18-inch off-road wheels with all-terrain tires mounted, along with wider fenders to accommodate the beefier rubber. Plus, they look off-road-ish.

Volkswagen also added LED lights and a somewhat aggressive front bumper.

The modular electric drive matrix (MEB) has enormous technical potential. 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 VW to a new performance level. We are really eager to find out how the fans of electromobility react to the vehicle. Based on the feedback from our community, we will decide how to proceed with the project.

Silke Bagshik

Volkswagen made no mention of the possibilities for production. However, they are aware of the off-road enthusiasts’ community and where other EV builders are headed. The idea of something that simply looks more off-road capable isn’t lost on Volkswagen either. Take a look at their Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp, for example.

Almost every automaker has something that appears to be off-road friendly, and Volkswagen wants to become the number-one all-electric automaker. As such, it makes sense that the automaker would build something electric that looks like it is good to go off-road.

We’ll see what their next step is soon! In the meantime, check out the video below:

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