Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ Concept Debuts in Shanghai
Electric Concept Combines Sporty, Autonomous Driving
Like it or not, the era of EVs is upon us, and it seems automakers are racing to bring concepts to the show floor and, if their statements are to be believed, to the dealer showroom. Volkswagen is at the forefront of the EV push and chose the Shanghai Auto Show to showcase the latest member of its I.D. electric sub-brand. The I.D. CROZZ is the third member of the I.D. family, following the I.D. at the 2016 Paris show, and the I.D. BUZZ electrified microbus concept at the 2017 Detroit show. This time, it’s taking the form of a popular crossover style.
Similar in size to the new Tiguan model, the I.D. CROZZ claims to combine the fun-to-drive dynamics of the legendary Golf GTI with the practicality of a crossover, as well as full autonomous driving capability. Backing up its performance claims are a dual-motor electric powertrain producing a combined 302 hp (225 kW for you EV geeks), a claimed top speed of 112 mph, and a range of more than 300 miles. This performance is facilitated by an 83 kWh battery pack. To keep the road trip moving along, the I.D. CROZZ is equipped with a 150 kW DC fast charger to top off up to 80 percent of range in just 30 minutes.
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. Pilot” in VW-speak. In this mode, the multifunction steering wheel retracts into the dashboard, interior and exterior lighting color and theme changes, and the adaptive LED headlights “look” in the direction the vehicle is turning or changing lanes, giving a visual cue to pedestrians and other motorists of the vehicle’s direction.
Volkswagen claims production will start on a model similar to the I.D. CROZZ in 2020, and the company is aiming to have EV sales of 1 million units a year by 2025. Ambitious targets to be sure, but when you’re the largest car company in the world by sales, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.