It’s official, Volkswagen will deliver electrical GTI to market in 2026.
In anticipation of the mid-cycle facelift for the GTI scheduled in 2024, Volkswagen is already plotting the introduction of an all-electric GTI set to debut in 2026. Andreas Mindt, the corporate’s design chief, shared a sketch on Instagram evaluating the unique Golf GTI with the not too long ago unveiled ID. GTI idea.
With over 2,8 million items of the Grand Tourer Injection bought for the reason that Mk1’s debut in 1975, this transition marks a major shift towards electrification. The sketch hints at a possible manufacturing model of the ID. GTI, though the idea was based mostly on the ID. 2all showcar, envisioned as the electrical successor to the Polo supermini. Positioned on the MEB Entry platform, each ideas goal affordability and spaciousness, with the upcoming SSP platform anticipated for the electric-only ninth-generation Golf in 2028. Whether or not the 2026 electrical GTI will align with the Golf GTI or the ID.2 GTI stays unsure, although indications level towards the latter, whereas VW has trademarked a brand new “GTI” brand that includes a lightning bolt rather than the “I.”
A recap on the idea mannequin that debuted in September – the ID. GTI attracts its inspiration from the sooner ID.2all idea and incorporates a single electrical motor powering the entrance wheels by means of a limited-slip differential, harking back to conventional ICE GTIs. Whereas particular energy figures haven’t been disclosed but, it’s anticipated to supply over 170 kW of energy, constructing on a promise of the ID.2all which is believed to go from 0-100 km/h in below 7 seconds, this ID. GTI might very properly be quicker.
Visually, the ID. GTI proudly shows GTI badges on varied elements of the automotive, together with the entrance, doorways, skirts, wheels, and the rear. There are delicate design cues paying homage to traditional GTI fashions, such because the black components on the entrance bumper, facet skirts, rear window encompass, and decrease rear bumper. These components harken again to the black plastic bumpers and trim seen on early Golf GTIs. The pink stripe on the grille and the 20-inch wheels are harking back to previous Golf and Scirocco fashions. Moreover, the rear spoiler design takes inspiration from the present GTI Clubsport.