The latest in Volkswagen’s I.D. series of futuristic electric vehicles has been unveiled in Shanghai. The I.D. CROZZ crossover utility vehicle boasts a 311-mile (500-km) range on a single charge and autonomous driving capabilities in I.D. Pilot mode. It’s slated to enter production in 2020.
2017 Volkswagen ID Crozz Concept Exterior and Interior
The design language for the I.D. CROZZ seeks to remove any CUV boxiness while retaining sportiness. A rounded front section, far-flung wheels (a benefit of the long wheelbase of the MEB platform), and fastback hatch-style taper to the rear to create a station wagon-like style for the CROZZ. A thin, elongated greenhouse emphasizes forward movement, as do the slightly upward curving lines of the bodywork.
At 4625mm in length, 1891mm in width and 1609mm in height, the I.D. Crozz is a considerable 316mm shorter, 85mm narrower and 354mm lower than the I.D. Buzz. The new crossover also rides on a wheelbase that is 527mm shorter than its retro inspired MPV sibling at 2773mm.
Inside, The Crozz also features a fully autonomous driving mode called “I.D. Pilot,” which is activated by pressing the Volkswagen logo on the steering wheel. In this mode, the exterior lighting changes to indicate the car is in autonomous mode, and occupants can take full advantage of the tech-filled cabin, which includes a 10.2-inch tablet-style display on the instrument panel. When the Crozz is parked, delivery services can drop off packages in its trunk.
2017 Volkswagen ID Crozz Concept Under the Hood
The Crozz is powered by two electric motors, one for each axle. The Crozz is equipped for DC fast charging, allowing it to charge to 80 percent in around 30 minutes.
2017 Volkswagen ID Crozz Concept Price and Avaliable
Volkswagen plans to start production of its I.D. family of electric cars in 2020, and it’s likely the I.D. Crozz will be part of those production plans. VW hopes to sell one million electric cars per year by 2025, and a diverse array of models will help it reach that goal. Don’t be surprised if the I.D., I.D. Buzz, and I.D. Crozz all make it to production at some point.