2017 Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: VW ID Crozz II & Skoda Vision E II concepts image

The VW Group has decided to bring to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show rehashed versions of their previously introduced electric concepts – the VW I.D. Crozz II Concept and Skoda Vision E.

Instead of bringing a new prototype from the I.D. family, Volkswagen has decided to revisit the first Crozz just in time for the Frankfurt Motor Show in a bid to support its claims of pushing towards a greener future. The I.D. Crozz II concept is a premium compact crossover, with the same design as the first one but deploying a catchy two-tone color scheme – Hibiscus Red Metallic paint and a silvery roof. The styling has been updated too, with cleaner new headlights but the quirky door layout has been retained – conventional front ones, with sliding rear ones and no B pillar.

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In terms of performance, the I.D. Crozz II comes with two electric motors – one for each axle, so there’s AWD – and a combined output of 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts). That’s enough for a maximum speed of 112 miles per hour (180 kilometers per hour) and VW estimates range at 311 miles (500 kilometers) on a full charge. While this is a compact CUV, the German maker entices us to visions of the Crozz II handling like the Golf GTI thanks to implementations such as the electronically controlled dampers and a new multi-link rear suspension.

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Meanwhile, over at Skoda, the Czech manufacturer is preparing the European premiere of the Vision E concept, first unveiled back in April in China at Auto Shanghai. The Old Continent version is just a rehash – new wheels, subtly reworked LED light bar up front, as well as new graphics for the taillights. This is Skoda’s first ever full electric, and provides clues towards the strategy soon to be adopted by the manufacturer – Skoda wants five electric cars by 2025, with the first one landing in 2020.