The Volkswagen ID CROZZ Concept is a Self Driving Electric SUV

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volkswagen unveils its latest addition to the electric ID car family at auto shanghai. following the premieres of the ‘ID’ (paris, 2016) and ‘ID buzz’ (detroit, 2017), the ‘ID CROZZ’ previews as a charismatic crossover: the concept car features a 500 km range, all-wheel drive, and autopilot mode. the ‘ID CROZZ’ is scheduled for production in 2020 as a member of a new generation of volkswagen electric vehicles.

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volkswagen conceptualises the ‘ID CROZZ’ as a sporty, interactively designed zero-emissions vehicle – with electric all-wheel drive that is equally impressive in the urban environment, as it is on the tracks. the concept car delivers power of 225 kW, has a top speed of 180 km/h and covers up to 500 kilometres on one charge. 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).

the concept car switches over to the fully autonomous ‘ID pilot’ mode when the driver touches the VW badge on the steering wheel for three seconds – and then the concept car drives with autopilot. all of the concept vehicle’s instruments and controls have been implemented fully digitally. the most important information is projected into the driver’s visual field by augmented reality. a new light shade in the transparent panoramic sunroof is even activated by gesture control; the shade offers a new form of interior and exterior ambient lighting. while, a clean air system guarantees good air quality in the vehicle – in all outdoor conditions.

the zero emission design of the concept car expresses its electric mobility DNA in every component. one dominant visual characteristic is the light signature for volkswagen electric mobility. the light elements – C-shaped LED daytime running lights and variably controllable LED headlights – merge to form a front end with electronic moving ‘eyes’ (‘interactive spotlight’). in ‘ID pilot’ mode, these ‘eyes’ communicate with other road users.

the ‘ID CROZZ’ is more compact than volkswagen’s latest production SUV, the ‘tiguan’, which is also produced as the ‘tiguan allspace’ (europe). yet the concept vehicle provides just as much space, and this is because it is based on the new architecture for volkswagen electric vehicles. the suspension and drivetrain modules are positioned far to the outsides of the vehicle and exhibit very compact construction. the battery is fully integrated in the vehicle floor, while the seat configuration offers great flexibility – a generously proportioned ‘open space’.

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