Volkswagen, through its FAW-VW joint venture, launched a refreshed version of the ID.6 Crozz all-electric crossover in China this week with a starting price of around $35,500 (258,900 yuan), according to CarNewsChina.

Furthermore, the Chinese JW announced that it will apply a discount of up to $6,200 (45,000 yuan) for a limited time, which can bring the purchase price down to a very affordable $29,300 for what is essentially a three-row EV.

In the United States, the closest equivalent would be the seven-seat version of the Tesla Model Y Long Range, which starts at $52,990 before incentives, so quite a big pricing difference between the two. However, at 192 inches long, 72 in wide, and 66 in high, VW’s EV is 5 in longer and 2 in taller than the Model Y, whereas the American crossover is about 4 in wider.

Gallery: 2024 Volkswagen ID.6 Crozz (FAW-VW Chinese joint venture)

For the moment, the Volkswagen ID.6 Crozz is only sold in China, but according to a 2021 Automotive News article quoting a company spokesperson, a market launch in the US was “conceivable.”

Compared to the Model Y, the new Chinese EV can be ordered with either a six-seat (2+2+2) or seven-seat (2+3+2) layout, with the front seats getting niceties like 12-way adjustment and massage.

A 5.3-inch LCD screen instrument panel and a 12-inch central touchscreen display come as standard, as well as an augmented reality (AR) head-up display for the driver. New for this year is the vegan leather wrapping for the steering wheel, which replaces the original natural leather, and the so-called MOSC 4.0 intelligent car system received upgrades that enable voice interaction and online navigation.

2024 Volkswagen ID.6 Crozz
2024 Volkswagen ID.6 Crozz

The refreshed ID.6 Crozz is available in four trim levels – Pure, Pure+, Pro, and Prime – with the latter being the only one with a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup. Pure comes with a front-mounted 177-horsepower electric motor and a 62.6-kilowatt-hour battery pack that enables a CLTC-rated range of 298 miles, while all the other variants benefit from a bigger 84.8-kWh battery pack.

Pure+ and Pro come with a slightly more powerful electric motor making 201 hp, while the rated range goes up to 373 miles, while the all-wheel drive Prime develops 308 hp and can travel up to 347 miles on a full charge.

Besides the collaboration with FAW, Volkswagen has another joint venture in China with SAIC. FAW-VW makes the ID.4 Crozz and ID.6 Crozz, while SAIC-VW sells the ID.4 X and ID.6 X.

As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below: Would a reasonably priced US-made ID.6 Crozz make sense?

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