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Volkswagen Delays Launch Of ID.5 To May Due To Lack Of Wiring Harnesses

Volkswagen will delay the launch of its upcoming electric crossover, the ID.5. The unveiling will be moved back by a month due to supply chain interruptions related to wiring harnesses.

A VW spokesperson told Germany’s Automobilewoche that the launch will take place in the first week of May because it simply does not have enough wiring harnesses to build the demonstrator models that it needs to send out to dealers. It believes, though, that it can make enough exhibition models for its dealer network by May 6, the date on which it has scheduled the new launch.

The ID.5 is built at Volkswagen’s plant in Zwickau, Germany, which has been forced to pause production due to supply chain bottlenecks. The automaker has been particularly vulnerable to shortages of wiring harnesses, many of which are made in Ukraine.

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Although some plants in the country are still operating, the Russian invasion has led to reduced output of wiring harnesses and other parts. That has led automakers like Porsche and Audi to pause production at certain plants as well. Production at Zwickau is expected to resume next week.

The ID.5 is based on the ID.4 but has a raked roofline, meaning it joins the ranks of coupe-style SUVs that are increasingly in vogue. The ID.5 GTX has a dual-motor, AWD setup that delivers 108 hp (109 PS/80 kW) and 119 lb-ft (162 Nm) of torque to the front axle and 201 hp (204 PS/150 kW) and 229 lb-ft (310 Nm) of torque to the rear. They combine for a total maximum output of 295 hp (299 PS/220 kW) for up to 30 seconds.

European pricing for the ID.5 was expected to be revealed at its launch in April. Volkswagen has no plans to introduce the model in North America.

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