Volkswagen has made its dedication to electric mobility loud and clear with the introduction of the I.D. Crozz Concept at Auto Shanghai in China this week.
Following on from the I.D. hatch concept, which first starred at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and the I.D. Buzz, a modern interpretation of the classic Kombi van, was unveiled in Detroit earlier in 2017. The I.D.Crozz, as the name somewhat clumsily suggests, points to how an EV crossover might take shape for Volkswagen.
Chairman of the Volkswagen board of management, Herbert Diess, confirmed that a production version of the I.D. Crozz would be available from 2020, with Volkswagen aiming annual production of one million EVs by 2025.
The I.D. Crozz shares its MEB modular platform, electric driveline and chassis components with the earlier I.D. hatch and I.D. Buzz concepts, with electric offerings from Skoda and Audi also set to adopt the flexible electric architecture for their own future EVs
Beneath its fastback SUV skin the I.D. Crozz features two electric motors with a combined output of 225kW fuelled by an 83kWh battery mounted within its flat floor, Volkswagen claims a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of less than 6.0 seconds and a potential driving range of up to 500km from a single charge.
Autonomous driving technology is also included in the concept as a preview of what to expect from future road-going Volkswagen products, with four laser scanners which automatically deploy from each corner of the I.D. Crozz’s roof when the driver switches from manual to autonomous, or what Volkswagen describes as I.D. Pilot mode.
Commenting on the chances of the I.D. Crozz seeing production, Diess said: “If it was ever possible to make a one hundred percent certain prediction of what the future will look like, it is achieved here. We are showing with the I.D. Crozz how Volkswagen will be transforming the roadscape from 2020.”
At 4625mm in length, 1891mm in width and 1609mm in height, the I.D. Crozz is slightly larger than the current Tiguan SUV (139mm longer, 52mm wider, but 49mm lower) with a 92mm longer wheelbase (2773mm in total). Unsuprprisingly, Volkswagen claims interior space will be similar to that of the long-wheelbase Tiguan Allspace, not yet offered for sale in Australia.
The I.D. Crozz uses a pair of electric motors, rated at 75kW for the front axle and 150kW at the rear for a combined output of 225kW. Against other the other I.D. concepts the Crozz is rated at 50kW dual motor I.D. Buzz but 100kW more than the single motor I.D. hatch.
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