UPDATE: 413-Mile Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Electric Car Debuts In Geneva
The I.D. Vizzion features an all-wheel-drive electric drivetrain that can carry occupants 413 miles.
UPDATE: March 6 – Lives images from debut added directly below.
The Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept is the brand’s idea of what a high-tech sedan could be like in 2030. On the outside, it doesn’t look too different from the four-door vehicles that you can currently find on the road, but the interior is a vision of the future by completely doing away with conventional controls. Instead, occupants use voice commands and gestures to tell the car where to go. A network of sensors and artificial intelligence take over the driving work from there.
The Vizzion’s design takes cues from other members of the I.D. family of concepts. The front end, especially, with headlights stretching across the entire nose evokes the I.D. Crozz. A large greenhouse and arching roofline make the sedan appear sleek, and the smooth lines accentuate its futuristic appearance.
On the outside, there are a largely hidden network of lasers, radar sensors, cameras, and more. In addition, the computers monitor traffic data from the cloud and compare it with what the on-board sensors show. VW also imagines using vehicle-to-vehicle communication as yet another method of gathering info about the road ahead.
With its focus on fully autonomous driving, VW’s designers put their major emphasis on the Vizzion’s cabin. Inside, occupants find four, big captain’s chairs and thick carpeting on the floor. The large windows and glass roof let in lots of natural light, but folks can electronically darken the cabin when they want privacy. It looks like a very comfy place to take a drive.
VW also packs the cabin with tech. One of the oddest touches is incorporation of Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality tech that can project virtual displays in front of occupants. The car’s artificial intelligence also learns about the owner and frequent occupants. For example, the system learns things like a person’s preferred seating position and climate control settings.
Like the other models in VW’s I.D. family of concepts, the Vizzion uses a fully electric drivetrain. There’s a motor at the front making 101 horsepower and another at the rear with 201 horsepower, which allows for an all-wheel-drive layout. Under the floor, a 111-kilowatt-hour battery provides 413 miles of range in the European testing cycle.