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Published on April 18th, 2017 | by James Ayre


Volkswagen ID Crozz Concept EV Debuts (Video + 26 Pics)

April 18th, 2017 by  

While the Volkswagen ID Crozz concept reveal at the Shanghai Auto Show is not much more than a PR exercise,  it would seem wrong to not at least do a basic rundown of the concept electric vehicle.

The Volkswagen Crozz concept — which follows the earlier ID Buzz and ID hatchback concepts — relies on the same MEB chassis as the earlier ID concepts did. It reportedly delivers a total of 225 kW power (302 horsepower), split across 75 kW from the front-axle electric motor and 150 kW from the rear-axle electric motor.

The concept will reportedly accelerate from 0–62 mph in under 6 seconds and possess a top speed of 112 mph. The range on the not-very-accurate NEDC testing cycle is reportedly 311 miles per full charge — so, a decent real-world range, even if nowhere near 311 miles. This range is achieved through the concept car’s use of an 83 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack (which is a bit confusing, considering the stated range).

As far as size goes: the Crozz concept rides on a 109.2 inch wheelbase, is 74.4 inches wide, and is 63.3 inches tall.

As one would expect, the concept features a full suite of self-driving vehicle tech — 4 pop-up laser scanners, radar, stereo cameras for the front, side cameras, and ultrasonic sensors. And, as with earlier ID concepts, the Crozz utilizes the somewhat strange changing-LED-light-color-to-indicate-autonomous-driving thing (the LEDs are purple when the self-driving features are being used).

Volkswagen brand CEO Herbert Diess claims that the new Crozz concept is a “production possibility” and could hit the market as “soon” as 2020.

Diess commented: “If it was ever possible to make a one hundred percent certain prediction of what the future will look like, it is achieved here. We are showing with the ID Crozz how Volkswagen will be transforming the roadscape from 2020.”

Images and video via Volkswagen


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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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