2017 Auto Shanghai: VW I.D. Crozz concept image

Volkswagen’s new family of electric models is taking yet another shape – we saw the original hatchback, then a quirky MPV and now we hit the mandatory SUV profile.

VW’s third I.D. concept is also another preview – for the arrival in a few years from now of a zero-emissions SUV based on the newly minted group MEB architecture that has been developed specifically for electric cars and will carry as the signature for many models to come. Since we’re dealing with a concept, we do have features such as sliding rear doors, a coupe-inspired profile and individual seats. Crossover-coupes are somewhat of a love-hate situation, but their popularity is growing and Range Rover already shows they can look great with the new Velar. The I.D. Crozz is also interesting with lots of body creases and futuristic headlights.

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The LED taillights extending onto the rear wheel arches look good, but the illuminated VW badges is a tad too much. The engineers also made use of the electric architecture – we see very short overhangs and thus a long wheelbase with ample cabin space. Inside, the roofline – which is transparent – is crossed by strips of LEDs turned on using gesture controls. VW is also looking to keep things clean, with very few controls and a 10.2-inch tablet for the infotainment system and an all-digital instrument cluster, largish at 5.8 inches. Touch-operated controls also sit on the door panels and there’s also an augmented reality head-up display.

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Motivation is of course provided by an all-electric arrangement. Two electric motors bring 302 hp (225 kW) – 101 hp (75 kW) up front and 201 hp (150 kW) at the rear, for a maximum speed of 112 mph (180 kph). Weight distribution is 48 percent front and 52 percent rear, for “handling characteristics like a Golf GTI’s.” The battery pack has 81 kWh and the I.D. Crozz has a range of up to 311 miles (500 kilometers) on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). 30 minutes of charging at a 150-kW DC fast charger will deliver an 80 percent charge. The model also features another advancement of the company’s autonomous driving system – the “I.D. Pilot”.