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Volkswagen Unveils I.D. Crozz Concept Crossover EV in Shanghai

Volkswagen Unveils I.D. Crozz Concept Crossover EV in Shanghai

By Philly Murtha, April 18, 2017
Volkswagen Group previewed a cool, future electric vehicle (EV) model—the I.D. Crozz Crossover Concept—at the Shanghai Auto Show this week. The third model in its fleet of EVs, the I.D. Crozz is built on VW’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform and joins the family of I.D. models that will begin reaching showrooms in 2020.

The VW I.D. Crozz is an electrically-powered concept that combines elements of a 4-door coupe with a spacious crossover utility, VW officials say. In January, the VW I.D. Buzz electric microbus concept garnered attention at the Detroit Auto Show and in 2016, VW debuted its first I.D. Concept in Paris. VW says its goal is to introduce 30 EV models by 2025.

Major features of the I.D. Crozz, with as much interior room as the 2018 VW Tiguan, include delivery of 302 horsepower via 2 electric motors, a top speed of 112 mph, and a range that translates to about 225 MPGe in U.S. EPA metrics. The 83-kWh Lithium-ion battery can be recharged to 80% in 30 minutes with a fast charger (150 kW DC), Volkswagen says.

VW’s I.D. Crozz features electric all-wheel drive, so it can navigate off road or in snow, the automaker says. A long wheelbase and compact powertrain allow for more interior space, although the I.D. Crozz is shorter and lower than the Tiguan. The exterior crossover concept utility has more pronounced fenders, high-contoured wheel arches, and an illuminated panoramic roof that take cues from a sports car. New VW lighting is integrated so even the VW badge centered between the hood and bumper lights up while interior lighting changes color—turning light blue for regular driving and magenta-violet for autonomous setup.

The cabin’s futuristic cockpit includes a head-up display, active infotainment tablet, and a retractable steering wheel for autonomous I.D. Pilot driving capability, which may be ready in 2025. All commands are through touch, keypad, and voice- and gesture control. Interior space is expansive due to underfloor battery storage so a bicycle can be stowed inside and the cabin can also be arranged for lounge-like seating.

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