Volkswagen debuts I.D. Crozz autonomous crossover EV in Shanghai

Ken Copeland
April 20, 2017

The total of 1,400 sedans, SUVs, minivans and other vehicles displayed at the show include 63 electric or gasoline-electric hybrids from global brands and 96 from Chinese manufacturers, according to the organizers.

The latter is also a concept of an electric SUV that can drive itself, and both have been revealed at the same event.

Thanks to a sizeable 81-kWh lithium-ion battery pack incorporated into the concept's floor, the I.D. Crozz can cover up to 311 miles (500 kilometers) between two charges as per the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) - think about 225-240 mile in the real world. Volkswagen drives the concept vehicle by adding single-speed, fixed-ratio gearboxes between each electric motor and its respective axle, which it dubs an "electric propshaft".

With the economy slowing and air pollution is at the top of the political agenda, the buzz these days in China is less in the luxury market - although there will be plenty of expensive motors on display in Shanghai - and more focused on new-energy vehicles.

Crossover-coupes are certainly not for everyone, but the I.D. Crozz (yes, with a "z") does look quite interesting with its prominent body creases and futuristic headlights.

Today, we've got three separate Volkswagen stories: one on a new all-electric concept vehicle, one on the return of (a few) VW TDI diesels, and one on its Electrify America plan.

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I.D Crozz is built on the same MEB (Modular Electrification Toolkit) electric vehicle platform that the Buzz and hatchback are.

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 carmakers to produce battery-powered vehicles.

Unfortunately, the I.D. Crozz is simply a concept vehicle, meaning it isn't meant to be sold. It's supposed to use augmented reality to feed the driver information, as well as gesture control to navigate that interface. Once seated, the driver can either take control of the wheel or waive driving duties by pressing the steering wheel's VW logo for three seconds to activate the I.D. Pilot autonomous-driving mode.

Other bold claims by the German automaker state that the four-door can be charged up to 80 percent in only 30 minutes using a 150 kW DC fast charger.

With the roof being transparent, the light-emitting diodes are also noticeable from the outside. When activated the steering wheel retracts into the dashboard an the auto will drive itself.

That contrasts with Volkswagen, which dethroned Toyota Motor Corp as the world's best-selling automaker past year, giving it the scale to share costs across a much higher number of cars. (Paris, 2016) and I.D. This is because the I.D. Production of the Crozz, which supposedly will start in 2020, will help the automaker achieve that figure, probably. A Volkswagen User-ID on a smart device lets owners store various settings, such as climate preferences and typical drive routes for navigation.

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