Volkswagen I.D. Crozz to debut in 2020 as new generation of VW electric vehicles


Following the introduction of the I.D. in Paris, in 2016 and I.D. Buzz in Detroit this year, the I.D. Crozz now follows as the third member of the I.D. family – Volkswagen’s latest generation of zero-emission vehicles with long ranges, enigmatic electric mobility design and a fresh new imagining of what a vehicular interior should look like and function.

The I.D. Crozz is conceptualised as a sporty, interactively designed zero-emission all-rounder – with an electric all-wheel drive that is equally impressive in the urban environment as it is on the tracks of an active lifestyle. The vehicle should deliver 225kW of power, a top speed of 180km/h and cover up to 500 kilometres on one battery charge. The high-performance battery should be capable of charging to 80 percent of its energy capacity in just 30 minutes using a fast-charging system (at 150kW DC power).

The concept car should switch over to the fully autonomous “I.D. Pilot” mode when the driver touches the VW badge on the steering wheel for three seconds. All of the concept vehicle’s instruments and controls will be implemented digitally – like a smartphone on wheels. The most important information will be projected onto the driver’s visual field by augmented reality. A newly developed light shade in the transparent panoramic sunroof will be activated by gesture control – the shade offers a new form of interior and exterior ambient lighting. Meanwhile, a new CleanAir system continually guarantees good air quality in the vehicle, regardless of outdoor conditions.

The zero emission design of the I.D. Crozz expresses its electric mobility DNA in every component. One dominant visual characteristic is the light signature for Volkswagen electric mobility. The light elements – C-shaped LED daytime running lights and variably controllable LED headlights – merge to form a front end with electronic moving “eyes” (“Interactive Spotlight”). In “I.D. Pilot” mode, these “eyes” communicate with other road users.

The I.D. Crozz will be more compact than Volkswagen’s latest production SUV, the current Tiguan L (China) which is also produced as the Tiguan Allspace (Europe). And yet the crossover concept provides just as much space. This is because the I.D. Crozz is based on the innovative next-generation architecture for Volkswagen electric vehicles. The suspension and drivetrain modules are to be positioned far to the outsides of the vehicle and exhibit very compact construction, while the battery will be fully integrated in the vehicle floor. The seat configuration will offer great flexibility, creating a generously proportioned and newly designed “Open Space”, which will exceed typical class standards.

Story originally appeared on Torque.

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