Shanghai Auto Show: Volkswagen I.D. Crozz electric SUV concept unveiled


Putting more thought into exterior design and interior space and convenience have been part of I.D. vehicle development using the MEB concept, said Klaus Bischoff, head of design for the Volkswagen brand.

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.

Dubbed "I.D. Crozz" - a goofy name VW nearly certainly won't use for the production model - the vehicle will deliver 302 horsepower, 311 miles of range and can be driven in autonomous mode, VW said.

The world's major carmakers are showing their latest new energy cars-some of them concept models-at the ongoing Shanghai auto show, eying up the potential of the world's largest new energy vehicle market.

The pressure for electrification in China is an added headache for automakers at a time when sales growth is slowing and competition heating up in a market they are counting on to drive global revenue.

The I.D. Crozz Crossover concept will be compact looking and will have a lowered roofline than that of 2018 Tiguan.

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.

The first concept whose full details we can cover is the Volkswagen ID Crozz, another in VW's series of ID battery-electric concepts, this one a "four-door coupe crossover" utility vehicle. It's not a guarantee that the concept vehicle will ever be produced.

The I.D. CROZZ actually looks like a less refine version of Audi's own concept, but the latter is actually slated for production in 2019 while VW's all-electric crossover has no production timeline.

One particularly impressive statistic about the concept's battery is that it can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes when using a 150 kW DC electrical charging system. Additionally, important information about the vehicle is projected on the screen with the help of augmented reality. As with VW's other I.D. concepts, touching the VW badge at the center of the steering wheel causes it to retract into the dash, allowing for more space in the driver's compartment while the vehicle drives itself.

VW's fantasy crossover EV also features a customized in-car climate "CleanAir" system to provide "air quality like that in the Himalayas" even if you a stuck in Shanghai traffic. When this mode is activated by pushing the VW logo on the steering wheel for three seconds, said steering wheel retracts back flush with the dashboard. More touch-operated controls have been implemented onto the door panels. With a well-tuned front-strut/rear-multilink suspension and a 48/52 percent weight distribution, the automaker also claims that handling of the I.D. Crozz is similar in character to that of a GTI. They also create ambient lighting visible inside and out.

The design language for the I.D. Dubbed MEB by Volkswagen, it is the group's third pure battery-electric auto architecture, along with Porsche's Mission E and an electric SUV to sit on the J1 architecture, and Audi's standalone layout called C-BEV. The I.D. Crozz will play a key role in that.

The SUV concept is already being pushed by Volkswagen brand CEO Herbert Diess as a production probability for 2020, with the timing of its market launch set to coincide with the EU's new emissions rules (which will demand a 95-gram/km corporate fleet fuel economy average).

"This is a challenge but also an opportunity because we will quickly gain large volumes and gain sufficient scale to make electromobility cost effective enough so that it will also be a success in Germany and the United States", he told Reuters.