First floated at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, the I.D. initials have evolved to be the prefix for a whole family of Volkswagen EV concepts sharing a common architecture, and I.D. CROZZ II is the latest. Fourth in the I.D. series, the first CROZZ concept made its debut at last April’s Shanghai Auto Show.

Unveiled at the Frankfurt, the Roman numeral indicates this is the second iteration of the CROZZ, a crossover SUV concept reminiscent of the BMW X6 that looks more like a tallish sedan with extra ground clearance. Underscoring that similarity, Volkswagen, like BMW, employs the anomalous “four-door coupe” term to describe this latest CROZZ, and characterized this version as closer to production than its predecessor.

Expanded voice command

Although CROZZ II sports revised front and rear fascias with a bevy of LED lights up front, plus a new paint job—Hibiscus Red Metallic—and new 21-inch wheels, the most significant innovation is the promise of autonomous drivability—I.D. Pilot mode.

This mode is activated by simple voice command, another CROZZ II update. Voice interaction allows the driver to open or close the doors, although VW has not yet revealed how the voice command system will make distinctions between the owner and others.

The four-passenger interior also features new Alcantara suede-upholstered seats, and revised digital instrumentation.

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All-wheel drive

The CROZZ will have all-wheel drive—4Motion, in VW speak—with electric motors operating at both ends of the vehicle, one motor for each axle. Front-rear torque distribution is managed by a system VW calls an “electric propshaft.” A 150 kilowatt-hour battery pack powers the concept. VW doesn’t specify the type of battery, though lithium-ion, the battery favored in most new electrified vehicles, is likely.Total power of the two motors is rated at 225 kW—just over 300 horsepower—and VW anticipates a top speed of 180 kilometers per hour, or 112 mph.

While VW makes no mention of curb weight, the company does forecast an impressive range per charge: 500 kilometers, or 311 miles.

Though the CROZZ was the fourth I.D. concept to be introduced, it will be the second in the series to reach production, according to Volkswagen. The first will be the compact I.D. Both will go into production in 2020. 

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