The Volkswagen I.D. electric car family has grown with the wraps coming off the all-wheel drive I.D. CROZZ – a car to rival the only electric SUV on market right now, the Tesla Model X. The range of I.D. models is described by VW as the start of a technology revolution that is going to change the Volkswagen brand forever.
Revealed today at the Shanghai Motorshow, the CROZZ joins the reimaged campervan, the I.D. BUZZ, and is set to be a sporty zero-emission all-rounder, scheduled for production in 2020.
Under the large bonnet, you find an electric motor delivering 225 kW of power, equivalent to 300bhp, enabling a top speed of 110mph and is claimed will cover up to 310miles (NEDC) on one battery charge. The key to this in the car’s design: like the I.D. and I.D. BUZZ, the I.D. CROZZ is also based on the newly conceived Modular Electric Drive platform (MEB). The MEB models’ axle and drive system modules are spread some distance apart; stretched out between them is a long wheelbase. All drive system modules are compact, while the battery is fully recessed within the vehicle floor.
Design for a new era.
As with all concept cars, it’s all about grabbing the headlines. This couldn’t more important for Volkswagen as it moves away from its recent scandalous past. Volkswagen’s aim is to move electric drive technology from niche to high-volume full production by the middle of the next decade.
Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Brand commented:
“By 2025, we want to have sales of pure electric vehicles up to one million units a year. The I.D. CROZZ will play a key role in that. Production will start in 2020.”
The clear and powerful design of the I.D. CROZZ combines the rugged look of an SUV with the sporting elegance of a coupé. Up front sits a proud illuminated VW badge integrated centrally between the bonnet and smooth bumper. Dominantly integrated into the front section are the signature lights of Volkswagen electric mobility, with C-shaped daytime running lights, as found on other plug-in Volkswagens, such as the e-up!.
A broad-shouldered rear is emphasised by a gloss black area across the rear section with thin LED matrix segments as rear lights and a second illuminated VW badge. A masculine appearance is reinforced with strong wheel arches, the 21-inch wheels and sturdy side sills with a matt, rugged surface texture.
‘I.D. Pilot’ – autonomous driving for the year 2025.
2020 will be the key year for the global launch of the first Volkswagen MEB models in the style of the I.D. CROZZ. Around five years later, from 2025, fully automated driving will trigger the next revolutionary advance. In the fully automated ‘I.D. Pilot’ mode the multifunctional steering wheel retracts into the dashboard and fuses there with the digitalised instruments (Active Info Display) to form a single unit. In other words, in the fully automated mode, the I.D. CROZZ has no traditional steering wheel.
It is all too easy to dismiss concept cars as a flight of fancy. However, with this third car, VW is clearly serious about changing its path, it is now up to the management team to make this happen or the future of the brand will be uncertain.