Volkswagen unveils electric concept vehicle

Gwen Vasquez
April 20, 2017

Heavily affected by the Dieselgate, the German manufacturer gradually concretizes his willingness to switch to the electric vehicle.

Volkswagen has unveiled an electric crossover concept vehicle, the ID Crozz, at the Shanghai auto show.

It employs four laser scanners popping up from the roof to detect cars, bikes, pedestrians and anything else that might stray into the I.D. Crozz's way, and also uses radar and ultrasonic sensors in concert with its stereo camera facing forward and cameras on each side of the auto.

The I.D. Crozz is VW's third electric concept, following the I.D. compact hatchback and the I.D. Buzz microbus. The four-door auto is the brand's first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV) - a coupé and sport utility vehicle (SUV) in one.

Like other I.D. concepts, this crozzover is made from VW's "Modular Electric Drive Matrix" (MEB) platform, with a stretched wheelbase and the battery sitting neatly below the floor. However, the family resemblance pretty much ends there. A flat nose, distinct accent lines along the sides and an exaggerated, rear-tapering D-pillar actually make the concept fairly pleasing to the eye.

The worldwide market for electric cars is forecast to grow 26 per cent to 950,000 vehicles this year, with GM's Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla's Model 3 to be the best sellers, according to Frost & Sullivan estimates. The ID Crozz has an electric motor which has a total power output of 305PS and it can reach a top speed of 180kmph.

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A set of grainy official images depicting MG's new Shanghai-bound concept have emerged onto the World Wide Web ahead of a public debut in a couple of days. Charging through a 150-kW DC fast charger can charge the batteries from empty to 80 percent in just half an hour in fast-charge mode. (1,608 mm) in height, the I.D. Crozz is 12.4 ins.

But press the VW logo in the middle of the steering wheel for three seconds, and it retracts into the dashboard and becomes part of the display, as the vehicle takes over the driving. Additionally, autonomous lighting indicators inside and outside the vehicle switch on to alert those inside and outside of the vehicle that it is driving itself. The ultra-modern sleek LED lights both fore and aft are complemented by illuminated VW badge.

An augmented-reality head-up display projects information such as navigation directions between seven to 15 metres ahead of the auto. The vehicle is even able to communicate what mode it's in (autonomous or manual) using glowing LED lights on the car's roof and grille.

The all-wheel drive I.D. However, when you strip away the fluff, you're left with a capable and spacious small crossover that offers enough electric range to put your range anxiety to ease.

VW says that the vehicle will feature autonomous driving technology - just like the other I.D. concepts.

You'll have a hard time finding any physical controls as instead VW has chose to keep it simple by installing a 10.2-inch tablet for the infotainment system and an all-digital instrument cluster measuring 5.8 inches.

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