Volkswagen ID Crozz Concept Preview

Randall Craig
April 20, 2017

The original I.D. was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and was joined by the I.D. The ID Buzz, an electric microbus, was introduced in January at the North American International Auto Show.

Volkswagen has confirmed that the third vehicle in the I.D. series will be an all-electric crossover named the I.D. Crozz. 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 auto drives itself.

Even the exterior and interior ambient lighting will be modified after switching on the fully autonomous mode, which will also retract the steering wheel into the dashboard to free up more space inside the minimalistic and spacious cabin.

In 1988, GM took a bold step with Oldsmobile and started shipping the Cutlass Supreme with an optional Heads Up Display (HUD).

In terms of performance, the I.D. Crozz is powered by two electric motors - 75 kW at the front axle, and 150 kw at the rear - totaling 225 kW (302 horsepower).

Volkswagen claims that the Crozz's wide-opening rear doors and sliding rear seats make it possible to stash a pushbike sideways behind the front seats.

With the roof being transparent, the light-emitting diodes are also noticeable from the outside.

As with all of Volkswagen's more recent electric auto concepts, the I.D. Crozz has been conceived to offer the choice between manual and autonomous driving modes.

Top speed is restricted to 112 mph (180 km/h), while the range is estimated at 311 miles (500 km) on the New European Driving Cycle.

The German automaker unveiled I.D. Plus, Volkswagen said it developed an "electric propshaft" that activates power to all wheels when traction is in short supply. The rear door panels working as singular infotainment-style screens for passengers seems like a good idea, though, giving everyone in the vehicle a chance to control what's theirs. CROZZ is the package delivery option.

Volkswagen has been actively showing the I.D. electric concept at different motor shows.

That's an indicator of the future; VW's past returns to dealerships in the form of a limited number of 2015 Volkswagen TDI diesel cars back on sale after modifications to make them comply with EPA emission limits. VW's self-driving system is able to detect other road users not only by means of its laser sensors, but also with the help of ultrasonic and radar sensors, side area view cameras and a front camera.

Thanks to its low center of gravity (the bulk of the weight is kept below the floor in the battery packs), 48-52 weight distribution, the ability to precisely direct power to the wheel that needs it and its multi-link rear suspension, VW says that the I.D. Crozz will have all the performance of a GTI. Volkswagen says the lithium ion unit, similar in shape to those already seen in the I.D. hatchback and I.D. Buzz, can be charged to an 80 per cent state within 30 minutes using a 150kW electrical system.

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