Electric Volkswagen ID CROZZ concept to wow Shanghai

Automakers see promise in China car-sharing

After the premieres of the I.D.

At Auto Shanghai 2017, the company outlined how it is working with its established partners and rapidly forming new partnerships with the goal of shaping that future.

The Volkswagen Crozz concept - which follows the earlier ID Buzz and ID hatchback concepts - relies on the same MEB chassis as the earlier ID concepts did.

VW's display at the Shanghai show includes the first public presentation of the ID Crozz crossover concept. By comparison, that's a full 100 kW more than the I.D. concept hatchback from the Paris motor show past year but 50 kW less than Volkswagen claims for the I.D. Buzz. Volkswagen insists the I.D. Crozz will accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in less than six seconds, and to a top speed of 112 mph.

In terms of dimensions, the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz electric SUV concept is smaller than the VW Tiguan L made for the Chinese market also known as the Tiguan Allspace for the European market. "Production will start in 2020", said Herbert Diess, chairman of the VW brand's board of management, in a statement. The I.D. Crozz will play a key role in that.

Inside, there's a lounge-like "Open Space" concept, with interior space freed up by the compact electric drivetrain and floor-mounted lithium-ion battery.

VW is pressing ahead with its plans for an all-electric vehicle lineup by showing off a new, swoopy, coupe-like SUV at the Shanghai motor show. "We are making electric mobility the new trademark of Volkswagen". "The high-performance battery can be charged to 80% of its energy capacity in 30 minutes using a fast-charging system (at 150 kW DC power)". It's fully autonomous in I.D. Pilot mode. It said sales will begin late this year.

In the wake of its diesel emissions scandal, VW announced a year ago it's phasing out up to 40 vehicle models.

A mix between a four-door coupe and a sports utility vehicle, the new I.D. Crozz SUV is the third model which will be sold under the I.D. sub-brand.

The design language for the I.D. All you can see is a thin LED strip in the headlights when the crossover is parked.

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. In this mode, the exterior lighting changes to indicate the auto 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. They also create ambient lighting visible inside and out.

China's auto industry is charging ahead with aggressive plans to electrify cars even as policymakers scale back subsidies aimed at building sales from relatively low levels and consider tapping the brakes on sales quotas for plug-in cars.



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