VW teases electric crossover set for Shanghai debut

The all electric Volkswagen I.D. Concept range is set to grow with the addition of a crossover, enjoying it’s world premiere at Auto Shanghai 2017 (19 to 29 April).

The concept car is the brand’s first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV) – a four-door coupé and sport utility vehicle (SUV) in one.

This concept joins the I.D. and I.D. BUZZ concepts as the German brand aims to move on from the emissions scandals and become a force in the electric car arena. With crossovers and small SUVs forming a larger proportion of sales each year, an electric model looks essential for all manufacturers.

Sitting on the new MEB platform, the as yet unnamed all-wheel drive crossover is describes as having an interior spaces and levels of comfort exceeding current class standards and is likely to share many components with the new Skoda VISION E electric SUV concept, both scheduled to arrive in 2020.

As with the I.D. Buzz a long driving range is promised, on the same level of the range of today’s petrol powered cars with fully autonomous operation available. All it takes is a light push on the VW badge on the steering wheel to activate this autonomous mode. The steering wheel retracts electrically into the cockpit where it forms a single unit with the displays and controls that have been implemented fully digitally. The electric vehicle recognises its surroundings and other road users via laser scanners, ultrasonic and radar sensors and cameras.

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