Volkswagen's new electric ID Crozz SUV concept revealed at Shanghai Show

Posted April 20, 2017

The first one-named simply ID- was unveiled in September 2016 at the Paris Motor Show. BUZZ concept to the Detroit auto show, previewing a long-awaited production MPV with a range of 372 miles on the European cycle and an output of 369 hp.

The I.D. Crozz has a six-link rear axle and a MacPherson strut front suspension, providing what Volkswagen describes as "GTI-like handling", complete with a balanced 48:52 front-to-rear weight distribution.

However, if you're slogging along in Shanghai (or L.A. or Houston or Atlanta) traffic, the driver has the choice of activating full autonomous driving mode, or "I.D".

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In 1988, GM took a bold step with Oldsmobile and started shipping the Cutlass Supreme with an optional Heads Up Display (HUD). It reportedly delivers a total of 225 kW power (302 horsepower), split across 75 kW from the front-axle electric motor and 150 kW from the rear-axle electric motor.

The Crozz isn't intended for sale, but VW says it has a top speed of 112 miles (180 kilometers) per hour and a range of 311 miles (500 kilometers) on one charge.

Also built on VW's new Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform, the I.D. Crozz is slightly smaller and wider than a 2018 Tiguan but has more space inside thanks in part to its impressive 109.2-inch wheelbase.

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Similarly, the vehicle's exterior lights change depending on its driving mode. This gives the I.D. This system uses varied levels of filtration to clean the air inside the vehicle and is controlled through an interface in the infotainment system that will display the current air quality outside. "Pilot", which is activated by pressing the Volkswagen logo on the steering wheel. There are also touchpads in the doors so rear passengers can control the sliding rear doors, windows and individual climate control zones. CROZZ is the package delivery option. 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 Crozz would have self-driving technology at the touch of a button, with a steering wheel that retracts and headlights that peer in the direction of pedestrians who don't notice the vehicle coming.

With this said, VW is expected to bring its I.D. concepts to market gradually, starting in 2020 with its compact vehicle - positioned in the same segment as VW's Golf. At the same time, four laser scanners integrated into the roof are deployed to enable the I.D. Crozz to detect other road users in combination with a range of proximity sensing technology, including both ultrasonic and radar sensors as well as front stereo and side-view cameras. Meanwhile, the interior ambient lighting shifts to a restful "magenta-violet" glow. As with the I.D. Buzz and I.D. hatchback, the battery is mounted in the floor to lower the vehicle's center of gravity. The company further adds that the battery for the electric motor can be charged to 80 per cent of its energy capacity in 30 minutes using a fast-charging system.

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