Volkswagen unveils electric concept vehicle

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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. The concept auto is the brand's first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV) - a four-door coupé and sport utility vehicle (SUV) in one. The newest exhibit from Volkswagen is called the I.D. Crozz, and it also based on the groups' Modular Electric drive Matrix platform.

Heizmann said the industry needs to find a way to create electric models that appeal to consumers. (Paris, 2016) and I.D. Buzz in Detroit this year. This electric crossover concept is the third in VW's new I.D. lineup, after its hatchback and van concepts.

In terms of performance, the I.D. Crozz is powered by two electric motors - 75 kW at the front axle, and 150 kw at the rear - totaling 225 kW (302 horsepower). A fully electric crossover SUV, it has the features, the look, and the brand recognition to make it a serious competitor to what Tesla is offering.

One can shift to autonomous from human driving mode with a touch on the VW badge on the steering wheel for three seconds. CROZZ drives with autopilot. It's not a guarantee that the concept vehicle will ever be produced. A smartphone on wheels. Additionally, important information about the auto is projected on the screen with the help of augmented reality. Gesture control is gaining in importance. In addition to controlling the infotainment system, this one operates a cover under the transparent panoramic sunroof. Meanwhile, a new CleanAir system continually guarantees good air quality in the vehicle - in all outdoor conditions.

See you in 2020, I.D. Crozz. CROZZ expresses its electric mobility DNA in every component. That's an aggressive goal, given that the best-selling battery electric vehicle (the Nissan LEAF) has a lifelong global sales total of only about 240,000 units thus far. The C-shaped LED lights and variably controllable LED headlights together portray electronic moving eyes. Compared to the Tiguan for example, the architecture of the I.D.

China's drive for electric vehicles, driven in part to combat often suffocating urban smog, has put pressure on Japan's Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) to re-think its earlier scepticism about battery-electric technology.

With Volkswagen's ambitious plans to sell one million EVs per year worldwide by 2025, the brand will need a product that appeals to tree huggers and trendsetters alike as well as to the throngs of everyday shoppers simply looking for a versatile and efficient vehicle they can commute in. When driving through town, for example, the headlamp nearest a detected pedestrian will shine towards them to both illuminate them and let them know that the I.D. knows they're there. With a battery pack under the floor and no bulky internal-combustion powertrain, designers have more flexibility.