Volkswagen has revealed its latest attempt at its electric I.D. Crozz crossover concept.
The German brand has unveiled a subtly reworked version of the I.D. Crozz concept car at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, confirming the high riding crossover will go into production in 2020 as an integral part of the German car maker’s Strategy 2025 electric car offensive.
Volkswagen first unveiled the I.D. Crozz at at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, with the latest incarnation receiving altered front end styling that Volkswagen brand chairman, Herbert Diess, suggests brings it more in line with the definitive production version than the original concept.
"As early as 2020 we aim to sell 100,000 all-electric Volkswagens [per year]. But this is just the beginning. By 2025, annual sales could increase ten-fold to one million vehicles," Diess said in reference to internal sales forecast for a new range of new electric models already confirmed for production, including the I.D. hatchback first unveiled at the 2016 Paris motor show, the I.D. Buzz van revealed at the 2017 Detroit motor show and the reworked I.D. Crozz.
Diess says the new electric car line-up will be offered alongside the existing range of traditional combustion engine and hybrid powered Volkswagen models.
"We will have a long transition phase in which a wide variety of drive systems will coexist,” he revealed. “Along with fully electric vehicles, this will also include our increasingly efficient hybrid, petrol, diesel and natural gas drives."
The latest of the German carmaker's post Dieselgate electric car concepts takes the form of a contemporary styled crossover that sets out to combine the dynamic lines of a modern day sports car together with the all terrain capability of a dedicated off-roader. The crossover features two conventional front hinged doors up front and a pair of cantilever style doors at the rear, it is said to offer interior space on par with the Tiguan Allspace – a new long wheelbase version of Volkswagen’s popular SUV model, together with a claimed 515-litres of nominal luggage capacity.
Volkswagen has kept the second version of the I.D. Crozz the same size as the earlier I.D. Crozz concept. However, VW's design team has updated various styling details used by the high riding concept in a move that is claimed to bring its appearance more into line with that of the production version; the design of which Diess confirms has already been signed off by Volkswagen board members.
Day time runnig lights on the production version will feature U-shaped LED projector units as well as a more prominent illuminated horizontal element dissecting an illuminated Volkswagen badge.
A body-coloured fin within the air intake within the lower section of the front bumper has also been added in a bid to emphasis the width of the new electric powered crossover. The same treatment is also mirrored within the lower valance panel of the rear bumper.
Sporting more conventional 21-inch wheels the I.D. Crozz also adopts a fresh red colour scheme.
The I.D. Crozz is powered by two electric motors – one mounted within the front axle and the other at the rear.
The front electric motor sends its 75kW and 140Nm to the front wheels. A more powerful unit at the rear delivers 150kW and 310Nm to the rear wheels. All up, the new crossover possesses a combined system output of 225kW and 450Nm of torque.
This is 50kW less than the similar set up delivered by the similar dual electric motor set-up showcased in the four-wheel drive I.D. Buzz but 100kW more than that offered by the single electric motor used by the rear-wheel drive I.D. hatchback.
In on-road running the majority of drive is sent to the rear wheels. When grip is challenged a so-called electronic propshaft momentarily also sends power to the front wheels to enhance traction. An off-road mode also provides full-time four-wheel drive capability when engaged.
Electric energy used to propel the I.D. Crozz’s electric motors is stowed in an 83kWh lithium-ion battery housed within its floor structure. It is claimed to provide the new electric powered crossover with a range of over 500km, or some 100km less than that claimed for both the I.D. hatchback and I.D. Buzz. Volkswagen says the battery can be charged to an 80 per cent state within 30 minutes using a 150kW electrical system.
No performance figures for the latest version of the I.D. Crozz have been revealed, though Volkswagen says it intends limiting the production version’s top speed to 180km/h.
The German car maker has also revealed some detailed information about its chassis; a wheelbase of 2773mm is 14mm shorter than that of the recently introduced Tiguan Allspace, while the front and rear tracks are 7mm and 20mm wider than that of the I.D. Crozz’s more conventional combustion engine powered sibling at 1592mm and 1594mm respectively.
The new electric powered crossover uses a newly developed suspension featuring MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear in combination with adaptive damping control. With the battery mounted low down within the floor structure and the electric motors also housed low within the axle assemblies both front and rear, Volkswagen also claims the I.D. Cross possesses a front-to-rear weight distribution of 48:52 per cent. Wolfsburg officials are already talking up the dynamic qualities, suggesting the new platform and chassis provide a “large spread between handling and comfort”.
The compactness of the front electric motor, which sits in the middle of the front axle allowing generous wheel clearance, is also said to provide the upcoming Volkswagen model with a turning circle of just 10.5 metres. By comparison, the facelifted version of the existing seventh-generation Golf boasts a turning circle of 10.9 metres.
As with all of Volkswagen’s more recent electric car concepts, the I.D. Crozz has been conceived to offer the choice between manual and autonomous driving modes. In manual mode an LED graphic within the front section and roof is illuminated in a light blue hue. In autonomous driving mode, the LED graphic switches to a violet colour.
In autonomous driving mode, four laser scanners integrated into each corner of the roof are deployed to enable the I.D. Crozz to detect other road users in combination with a range of proximity sensing technology, including both ultrasonic and radar sensors as well as front stereo and side-view cameras.
The next instalment in Volkswagen’s I.D. family of electric vehicles is expected to be a large saloon. Tentatively planned to be unveiled at the 2018 Geneva motor show, it has been conceived as a replacement for Volkswagen’s earlier range topping Phaeton saloon, which ceased production in 2016.
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