Following up on the reveal of its electric-powered I.D. Concept sedan in Paris and I.D. Buzz Concept microbus in Detroit, Volkswagen used the Shanghai Auto Show to take the wraps off the latest member of the family: the I.D. Crozz Crossover. Like its two predecessors, VW’s first electric crossover is part of the automaker’s ambitious plan to start volume production of new EV models in 2020. Beyond offering spirited ultra-green operation with outstanding per-charge range, the I.D. Crozz boasts many advanced driver assists including an “I.D. Pilot” mode for fully autonomous operation.

"If it was ever possible to make a one-hundred percent certain prediction of what the future will look like, here it is," noted Klaus Bischoff, design chief for the Volkswagen Brand. “For us, the three prototypes of this new generation of zero-emission vehicles—I.D., I.D. Buzz and I.D. Crozz—mark the start of a design and technology revolution that is going to change individual mobility and the Volkswagen brand forever."

Look of tomorrow

Also built on VW’s new Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform, the I.D. Crozz is slightly smaller and wider than a 2018 Tiguan but has more space inside thanks in part to its impressive 109.2-inch wheelbase. The sleek, muscular exterior deftly blends substance with style to generate a presence that melds conventional SUV cues with those of a modern coupe and sets it off with 245/45 tires wrapped around 21-inch alloy wheels. This VW-to-be has innovative active front lighting elements that expand signal when the car is parked, ready to roll, being driven or operating autonomously.

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Motive force for the I.D. Crozz Concept comes from a pair of electric motors, each mounted in their own subframe. The 101-horsepower front unit makes 103 lb-ft of torque while the 201-horse motor that drives the rear wheels turns out 229 lb-ft of peak twist. That’s good enough to generate a 112-mph top speed, and with an 84-kWh lithium-ion battery pack tucked away under the floor, the I.D. Crozz can travel 311 miles on the admittedly generous European city cycle which should translate into around 250 regulation EPA-spec miles. Plug into a 150-kW DC charger, and VW says you can replenish up to 80 percent of the capacity in about 30 minutes. With a well-tuned front-strut/rear-multilink suspension and a 48/52 percent weight distribution, the automaker also claims that handling of the I.D. Crozz is similar in character to that of a GTI.

Cabin with street smarts

Inside, the I.D. Crozz Concept offers room for four plus 18.2 cu-ft of cargo space in an open, airy cabin that blends a lounge-like feel with a host of high-tech touches. Conventional front doors and sliding rear units make it easy to access this user-centric realm, and like the hood and hatch are electrically operated. Using the multi-profile capabilities of Volkswagen User-ID, the vehicle recognizes authorized operators and unlocks the doors and sets various operating systems to their personal profile preferences. The Active Info Display teams with a multifunction power retracting steering wheel and head-up display as in previous I.D. Concept models while a 10.2-inch centrally positioned tablet is on hand to control various infotainment functions and operation of Volkswagen’s new CleanAir environmental system. When it comes time to just kick back and enjoy the ride, a mere touch of the VW logo at the center of the steering wheel kicks I.D. Pilot into action, raising four laser sensors from the roof and activating its front and side-view cameras as well as ultrasonic and radar sensors.

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How serious is VW about making its EV dreams come true? "By 2025, we want to have sales of pure electric vehicles up to one million units a year,” stated Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Brand. “The I.D. Crozz will play a key role in that and production will start in 2020."

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