Volkswagen I.D. Crozz Is A Long-Range, GTI-Like Electric Crossover

7 months ago by Adrian Padeanu 13

Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

VW I.D. Crozz Signals New Era Of Long-Range Electric Crossovers

Volkswagen says it handles much like a Golf GTI.

After a hatchback and a minivan, VW’s third I.D. concept foretells what will become in a few years a zero-emissions crossover riding on the group’s new MEB platform developed specifically for electric vehicles. With sliding rear doors, a coupe-like roofline and individual rear seats, it’s no ordinary CUV.

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. The way the sleek all-LED taillights extend onto the rear fenders is also a nice touch. We could do without the illuminated VW badges, though. By pushing the wheels outwards, the engineers were able to shorten the overhangs and maximize wheelbase to boost cabin space.

Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

Speaking of space inside, headroom for rear passengers seems to be plentiful despite the inclined roofline, while accessing those back seats should be easy thanks to the sliding doors and the lack of a B-pillar. Those lines on the massive panoramic roof are actually strips of LEDs turned on using gesture controls to further brighten up the interior.

With the roof being transparent, the light-emitting diodes are also noticeable from the outside. VW wishes to point out the showcar offers just about the same amount of space inside the cabin as the Tiguan, despite being smaller on the outside and having a lower roofline.

Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

You’ll have a hard time finding any physical controls as instead VW has decided to keep it simple by installing a 10.2-inch tablet for the infotainment system and an all-digital instrument cluster measuring 5.8 inches. More touch-operated controls have been implemented onto the door panels. An augmented reality head-up display comes to diminish distractions behind the wheel whenever a human driver is in control of the electric crossover.

Power comes from a pair of electric motors delivering a combined 302 hp (225 kW) distributed 101 hp (75 kW) front and 201 hp (150 kW) rear good for a top speed of 112 mph (180 kph). With the weight being distributed 48 percent front and 52 percent rear, VW mentions the crossover “demonstrates handling characteristics like a Golf GTI’s.”

Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

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. If you’re in a hurry, 30 minutes worth of charging with a 150-kW DC fast charger will replenish the battery pack to an 80-percent level.

The I.D. Crozz introduced today on the dawn of the Auto Shanghai in China also previews the company’s intentions as far as autonomous driving. Activating the “I.D. Pilot” mode will automatically deploy the laser scanners in charge of analyzing everything around the car. The adaptive LED headlights will also be activated by turning left or right depending on what the onboard computers are about to do.

Even the exterior and interior ambient lighting will be modified after switching on the fully autonomous mode, which will also retract the steering wheel into the dashboard to free up more space inside the minimalistic and spacious cabin.

Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

The first road-going electric VW riding on the MEB platform is slated to go on sale in 2020 and will be followed by a multitude of models previewed by these I.D.-badged concepts.

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13 responses to "Volkswagen I.D. Crozz Is A Long-Range, GTI-Like Electric Crossover"

  1. Hauer says:

    Reminds me of manned flight to Mars which is always “30 years from now”.
    For electriv VW it is always “(year of press release)+3” years.

  2. Fred says:

    I don’t understand why people want to drive cars on stilts. Big wheels -> bad for aeros, bad for gyroscopic loads, bad for packaging, high roll centre = bad handling, unless you use trickery with the suspension, making the car heavier, cost more and weigh more, which results in less range, requiring a bigger battery, resulting in more weight, etc, etc,… It is the absolute worse way for making a vehicle that is only used on paved roads! I understand why people would want upright seatig and lots of space for the stuff they think they need, or maybe for kids, but why make the resulting vehicle higher off the ground?!? Crossovers + SUVs suck at being good cars…

    1. Hans Wurst says:

      I’m not saying I’m planning to buy an SUV or Crossover, but my Volt is scraping bottom a lot, and I could definitely do without that.

      1. DJ says:

        Every day when I pull out of my driveway it’s scraaaaaaaaaaaaaaatch. When I run over road kill (that is already dead) and it’s just a bunny it’s thud.

        People in general like higher cars because it gives better visibility and a more commanding feel of the road. Yes it does come at a price though, of which rolling over is included!

    2. DangerHV says:

      The center of gravity is much lower with battery pack in the floor vs ICE drive train. This extra height may make it equivalent to a typical car without affecting handling at all.

    3. Alan says:

      But much better when you get older and don’t want to feel as though you are getting in & out of a Go-Kart !

  3. Vexar says:

    Someone wake me up when VW goes from prototype to production on anything other than the eGolf. So is it the Crozxzyz or the BUDD-e coming in 2020? Have they actually stopped making diesels entirely?

    1. protomech says:

      VW e-Up – concept unveiled in 2007.

      The production version was unveiled in late 2013, with the first units shipped in early 2014.

  4. Someone out there says:

    I’d wish they would focus on a less futuristic car and instead get it into production.

  5. me says:

    am I the only one to whom silhouette of this concept reminds Tesla Model X?

    1. Eco says:

      I agree, the front and back contours do resemble the Model X, and that’s a good thing for aerodynamics!

  6. Theo says:

    The only Volkswagen I would trade my Ampera in for is the Buzz. A Family Van with a decent range and a hook. That is what we need, not another SUV-f******-Coupe.

  7. Bill Howland says:

    Yeah here in the states, where even the 120 mile range egolf is rare (the dealers around here only have the 80 mile thing currently), seem to be having somewhat of a shortage of the lase 30-50 New VW models that came out over the past 6 years.

    I actually liked that 200 mpg hybrid roadster. Haven’t seen too many of them pass by my house lately.

    Maybe if they actually SOLD a compelling vehicle, I’d get re-interested in VW. Somehow I think an 81 kwh, dual motor, high performance fantasy ev ain’t gonna be cheap.