Although the Dieselgate scandal slowed down Volkswagen’s goal of being the biggest automaker in the world, the company is still focused on achieving that objective. The company is positioning itself for the future of the automobile engineering which lies in electric-powered vehicles. The company intent is to ensure it has an EV for all its different vehicle brands by 2030. The new Volkswagen I.D. Crozz concept previews an EV CUV alternative of the Tiguan. The company plans to unleash the first of its planned EV offensive by 2020.
This is the second time this year the automaker is showcasing a Crozz concept after debuting it earlier in April at the Shanghai Auto show. The new Volkswagen I.D. Crozz concept which is currently on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show is an upgraded version that is more production ready. The concept which previews a crossover is set to enter into production in 2020 alongside two other models, a hatchback and a Microbus which have already been previewed by the I.D hatchback and I.D. Buzz concepts. The three vehicles will be based on the automaker’s all-electric MEB architecture which has a flexible design that enables different body designs to be derived from it. The architecture also features a multi-link rear suspension, electronically controlled dampers and MacPherson Struts.
Volkswagen I.D. Crozz concept Exterior
In terms of size, the Crozz has not changed from the earlier model. It still measures 4625mm, 1891 mm and 1609 mm in terms of length, width and height respectively. Its wheelbase is still 2773mm. Among the new changes are U-shaped LED projector headlights as well as an illuminated horizontal part which look more production ready. Other updates include black sills as well as sculpted bumpers.
Still, the concept does not have B-pillars meaning the cabin is accessed via a bicycle-like accommodating aperture where front doors are front-hinged and open conventionally while the rear doors slide rearwards like those of a van. However, rather than using conventional handles to open the doors, they are operated via voice control but this feature will not likely make it into production. It is also not conceivable for such a large car meant for mass production to miss a B-pillar. Conventional side mirrors have been replaced with cameras which convey information to a screen in the cabin.
Overall, the new design features dynamic body lines like the case on current crossovers in the market. The body has also been enhanced for off-road capability. The model rides on 21-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels that are wrapped with 245/45 rubber. The show car was finished in Hibiscus Red Metallic which makes the model look quite attractive.
To start with, voice control will be used to start the car as well as activate its autonomous driving mode. The automaker, however, says that this technology is still in its development stage. Gesture control, on the other hand, will be used to operate the model’s illuminated panoramic roof. Largely, the dash looks futuristic and definitely most of the features won’t make it to production in time for the model’s planned debut in 2020. Its self-driving system will also not be fully functional by the time the model makes it into production.
The decision to place the battery pack on the floor of the car has left the crossover with big, lounge-like space that can even be fitted with four individual seats. This setup also leaves a humongous cargo space of up to 515 liters when all seats are in place. The concept also features a system that regulates air quality in the cabin.
Other features on the concept showcased at the Frankfurt Auto show include a 10.2-inch center screen, a fully digital dash as well as a multi-function steering wheel that is retractable. The steering wheel can also be operated via gestures or voice control.
Volkswagen I.D. Crozz concept Drive-train
The MEB architecture which ideally looks like a “skateboard” allows for two electric motors, one at the front axle and the other at the rear axle. The rear unit is the main motor used for the majority of the propulsion. The motor produces 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque. The front motor swings on when needed (mostly when the system’s sensors identify a sense of loss in traction but the driver can also select AWD mode) thus providing the crossover with an on-demand AWD. The motor produces 101 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque. When combined, the two motors produce 302 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.
The Volkswagen I.D. Crozz concept can reach a top speed of 112 mph. VW estimates that the Crozz will have a range of around 311 miles. The motors are backed by an 83kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The automaker also plans to equip the model with a fast charging system capable of replenishing battery from 0-80% in 30 minutes.
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