Volkswagen has unveiled the ID.5, the latest addition to its ID. series of electric vehicles and its first electric SUV coupé with features and technology.

With its new EV, Volkswagen aims to accelerate the electrification of its new car fleet forward and move into a new market segment. The e-SUV coupé is equipped with the new ID. software version 3.0 – which includes improved charging performance and voice control among other technology features.

The new ID. software 3.0 features various improvements, including natural voice control through the “Hello ID” voice command. The in-vehicle voice assistant is now learning-enabled and can access information from the Cloud. Software 3.0 allows for the ID.5 to receive over-the-air updates, allowing for the activation of additional functions across its lifecycle.

Like other EVs in its range, the ID.5 is based on Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) EV platform, allowing for it’s digital cockpit to offer a new operating concept. The driver display and high-resolution multimedia system deliver enhanced visuals alongside an optional AR head-up display that places additional information in the driver’s field of vision. The EV’s Ambient Lighting feature provides customers with options for atmosphere lighting, with a choice of up to 30 colors.

We Connect services from Volkswagen provide the driver with a variety of information in real-time – including online traffic, online map updates, charging station information, web radio, and much more. With Car2X communication, data from compatible Volkswagen vehicles and signals from infrastructure within a 800 meter radius can be locally interpreted in less than a second. This results in the driver receiving alerts about dangerous areas, accidents and stationary traffic in advance. In the cockpit, the ID. Light provides a visual warnings to similarly notify the user of oncoming road obstructions.

While launch details or performance specifications have yet to be revealed, Volkswagen confirmed that the ID.5 can be charged with up to 11 kW of AC on a Mode 3 cable and can reach up to 135 kW at a fast-charging station.

With the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX, Volkswagen is tapping into a new market segment and advancing its EV offensive in all vehicle classes under its Accelerate electrification strategy. By 2030, at least 70 per cent of Volkswagen’s unit sales in Europe are expected to come from EVs. In North America and China, the OEM expects EVs to account for at least 50 per cent of unit sales.

To achieve these goals, Volkswagen will launch at least one electric vehicle onto the market every year. As these EVs launch, it expects the CO2 emissions per vehicle to decrease by up to 40 percent by 2030. Before 2050, the OEM similarly aims to become fully climate-neutral.