Auto Shanghai 2017: Volkswagen I.D. Crozz revealed

Kristi Paul
April 20, 2017

The German manufacturer also hopes to form a joint venture just for new energy vehicles with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group, and the first cars are to roll out in 2018, said Jochem Heizmann, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group China.

Despite government subsidies and other encouragement, electric cars have yet to catch on with China's driving public due to concern about their limited range. The I.D. CROZZ delivers power of 225 kW, has a top speed of 180 km/h and can cover up to 500 kilometres (NEDC) on one battery charge.

The new car's electric motors are out by each wheel and the battery is integrated into the floor, allowing for a great deal of interior space and flexibility, despite the coupe-like shape. In order to attain this, they are providing new concepts shortly in market.

The more realistic side of the I.D. Crozz gives us an idea of how VW expects a real road-ready EV crossover to behave.

Volkswagen's VOWG_p.DE China Chief Jochem Heizmann said the carmaker plans to launch a pure battery electric vehicle in China this year amid continued uncertainty over how China's electric auto quotas will be applied. This electric crossover concept is the third in VW's new I.D. lineup, after its hatchback and van concepts.

Similar to the original I.D. concept, the I.D. Crozz features a round roofline that's largely covered in glass as well as sharp shoulder lines and cartoonish headlights that are literally meant to look like human eyes. These include the electrically adjustable and retractable multifunction steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster, a camera-based electronic rearview mirror, an augmented reality head-up display, and a large tablet. Using a 150 kW DC fast charger, the crossover can achieve an 80 percent charge in half an hour.

A new CleanAir system that Volkswagen developed for air filtration is included in the CROZZ.

In fully-autonomous I.D. Pilot mode, the lights switch to a magenta hue, and the headlights will "look" into the corner as the auto turns. However, the concept version has an on-demand autopilot system that when activated makes the steering wheel retract into the dashboard. The strips of light in the roof are visible from the outside, too.

There are also individual control islands on the door panels that enable passengers to set climate and door functions.

VW also says the I.D. Crozz will also able to send and receive packages, while you are out and about - perhaps taking your jet pack in for servicing.

See you in 2020, I.D. Crozz. "Production will start in 2020", said Herbert Diess, VW chairman of the board of Management, in a release. A Volkswagen User-ID on a smart device lets owners store various settings, such as climate preferences and typical drive routes for navigation.

The latest of Volkswagen's post-Dieselgate EV concepts takes the form of a contemporary styled CUV that sets out to combine the dynamic lines of a modern sports vehicle with the all-terrain capability of a dedicated off-roader.

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