Volkswagen sets to reveal its I.D. Crozz in China

Volkswagen will reveal its first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV) at 2017 Auto Shanghai, the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

The I.D. CROZZ is a sporty, zero-emission all-rounder—with electric all-wheel drive—that is equally impressive in the urban jungle as it is on rough terrain. The I.D. CROZZ has 302 horsepower, a top speed of 112 mph and can cover up to 311 miles (NEDC) on one battery charge. Using a 150 kW (DC) fast charger, the high-performance battery can be 80 percent recharged within 30 minutes.

The I.D. CROZZ is more compact and has a lower roofline than the all-new 2018 Tiguan, yet the CUV provides just as much space. The key to this is the car’s design: like the I.D. and I.D. BUZZ, the I.D. CROZZ is also based on the newly conceived Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB). The MEB models have a very long wheelbase, with compact powertrain components and a battery that lives under the floor. The interior space is generously proportioned and provides a true ‘Open Space’.

The clear and powerful design of the I.D. CROZZ combines the rugged look of an SUV with the elegance of a coupe. Pronounced fenders and strongly contoured wheel arches frame a silhouette that’s similar to a sports car. Meanwhile, the hood is sharp cut and muscular. On top of it is a roof that makes the car appear agile even when stationary. A fine stripe in the car’s body color borders the roof on each side. The solid roof supports, while remaining almost invisible.

Another defining design feature is the D-pillar, which tapers way back and, on the inside, meets the broad shoulder section rising gently towards the rear. The designers gave the side windows a low, elongated look; the imaginary B-pillar (formed from the door frames) and C-pillar are behind glass and effectively invisible.

The moveable light blind is a new feature in the illuminated panoramic roof that creates ambient lighting both inside and on the exterior. The stylish rear and broad shoulder section look powerful, while the width of the car is also emphasized by a gloss black area across the rear section with thin LED matrix taillights and an illuminated VW badge.

The interior of I.D. Crozz has a highly flexible multifunction seating concept. Want to take your bike away with you for the weekend, but have no cycle rack? Simply push it sideways into the back. Large swing/sliding doors and flexible rear seating make this possible, with the seat cushions being tipped up for this purpose, like the seats in a movie theater. The passenger compartment doors also retract fully back, making loading easy.

The I.D. Crozz has a Volkswagen User ID stored in Volkswagen’s own digital eco-system and acts like a digital key. As soon as anyone nears the car with the device, the I.D. Crozz recognizes them.

The I.D. Crozz is operated via self-explanatory touch displays, capacitive keypads, and voice and gesture control. The digital hub is formed by the electrically adjustable and retractable multifunction steering wheel, an Active Info Display, an electronic rear-view mirror (e-Mirror), the augmented reality head-up display, and a door panel.

The steering wheel is changed to a wheel with six rounded corners with illuminated capacitive fields that control things like: the ‘P’, ‘R’, ‘N’ and ‘D’ gears; turn signals; phone calls; playlists; and volume for the sound system.

A 5.8-inch Active Info Display shows information to the driver and can also be used, just like the tablet in the instrument panel, to view standard content such as the media library or satellite navigation map.