Volkswagen unveiled the I.D. Crozz Concept crossover utility vehicle in Shanghai in April, and the company recently brought it to Los Angeles for another showing and some interesting news. VW will actually produce a version of this vehicle for the American market come 2020. This means the I.D. Crozz Concept will be the first of the company’s uniquely fully electric line to come to the U.S. After that, we hope the VW I.D. Buzz retro inspired minivan will be next.
The I.D. Crozz Concept has VW’s MEB platform that was created specifically for EVs. It has an 83-kWh lithium-ion battery under the floor and an electric motor at each axle. Those motors are contained within the vehicle’s sub-frames. Together the motors make 302 hp, and the battery is good for 311 miles. VW says you can charge the battery up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes with a DC fast charger.
The concept features four seats and an 18 cubic foot cargo space. The front doors of the concept swing open and the rear doors slide open, like a minivan. The futuristic dash showcases an interesting steering wheel and plenty of technology including gesture control, voice-activated doors, augmented reality head-up display, and headlights that can squint and wink at you, according to Car and Driver.
The chances of the production model being as futuristic, and frankly as weird, as the I.D. Crozz Concept are rather slim. VW will likely go with a much more conventional interior and seating for five people. That being said, nothing has been stated publicly, so maybe the company will come out with a model that’s supremely different from everything else on the road. No matter what VW decides to do, we’re looking forward to them making good on the company's electric car promise.