VW’s I.D. Crossover Debuts

And VW reckons this is a demonstration of what will actually sell...


As promised, Volkswagen has revealed the latest in its line of all-electric concept cars. It’s called the I.D. Crozz and according to Volkswagen, this MEB-based crossover is about as clear an indication of the automaker’s intention as ever.

“If it was ever possible to make a one-hundred percent certain predictions of what the future will look like, here it is, ” said Klaus Bischoff, head of design at VW, in a statement. “In 2017, we are showing how Volkswagen will be transforming the roadscape from 2020.”

The I.D. Crozz is a bit smaller than the current Tiguan, and has lower roofline suggesting coupe-like elements. It also has 224kW going to all four wheels. And with the rears getting around 150kW and the rest going to the front wheels, the Crozz promises to deliver power wherever it’s needed.

The I.D. Crozz is also very clever. When off-roading, power will be sent to all four wheels to tackle whatever terrain that bundu-bashing throws at it. But when cruising around the city, it conserves energy by only powering certain wheels. This power saving technique allows for the Crozz to cover up to 500km on a full charge, while fast charging can charge it up to 80% in just 30 minutes.

Thanks to the battery packs kept below the floor, giving the Crozz a very low center of gravity, coupled with its 48-52 weight distribution, its ability to precisely direct power to the necessary wheel, along with its multi-link rear suspension, Volkswagen say that this all-electric crossover will pack the same performance as a GTI.

Not only does it promise to be a driver’s car, it also features autonomous driving which lets you sit back and relax at a push of the VW badge at the center of the steering wheel, causing the wheel to retract, giving you more ample space in the driver’s compartment while the car drives itself.

The I.D. Crozz concept may not become a reality until after 2020, but some of its elements could hit the market through the cars spawned from the concept. Elements that include coloured lights that highlight hazards through the windshield. For example, it will highlight pedestrians walking into your periphery to warn you of the danger.

The I.D. concepts that we have seen, such as the concept hatchback and the I.D. Buzz, have shown the extremes of scale that the MEB platform can handle, but as for the Crozz, it demonstrates what VW really thinks will sell.

VW Vortex hints at rumours suggesting that there is one more I.D. concept on the way. It is a sedan and is expected to debut at the Frankfurt auto show.

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