Volkswagen's ID Crozz is its future electric crossover

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Following on from the I.D. hatch concept, which first starred at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and the I.D. Buzz, a modern interpretation of the classic Kombi van, was unveiled in Detroit earlier in 2017. Thus, the Shanghai show will see the presentation of the concept of SUV ID in late April. Crozz concept, the production version of which will form a key pillar in Wolfsburg's electric auto strategy.

Volkswagen plans to roll out four new electric vehicles in the next few years, Bloomberg reports, with the company indicating it has made "huge progress" in reducing the production costs of EVs.

Beyond the electric drive system, VW's I.D. concepts also preview new interface and self-driving technologies.

Power comes from two electric motors, with one on each axle for all-wheel drive. BUZZ, this concept vehicle can also drive fully autonomously. If you're in a hurry, 30 minutes worth of charging with a 150-kW DC fast charger will replenish the battery pack to an 80-percent level.

Passengers enter the I.D. Crozz through either the electrically opening front doors, which can swing out 90 degrees, or the electric sliding rear doors.

For now, this is clearly just a concept auto, but Volkswagen is not shy about the fact that the family of cars it previews will go on sale in 2020. A fully electric crossover SUV, it has the features, the look, and the brand recognition to make it a serious competitor to what Tesla is offering.

The German automaker unveiled I.D.

The VW display in Shanghai featured the first public presentation of the I.D. Crozz crossover concept, slated for production in 2020. Working in conjunction with an 83 kWh battery, the electric crossover will accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in under 6 seconds and achieve a range of up to 311 miles (500 km).

The I.D. CROZZ follows the Volkswagen I.D. Concept revealed in Paris previous year and the I.D.

Volkswagen plans to start production of its I.D. family of electric cars in 2020, and it's likely the I.D. Crozz will be part of those production plans. To indicate that this feature is being used, the ambient interior lights switch from white to "magenta/violet". China, the VW brand's largest market, is playing a key role in the industry's move beyond combustion engines, as the government has laid out ambitious targets to fight smog and is pondering quotas for car-makers to produce battery-powered vehicles.

The dashboard houses a multifunctional steering wheel, 10.2-inch infotainment tablet, 5.8-inch active info display, door panel controls and an augmented reality head-up display.


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