The electric buzz has been sweeping through just about every car manufacturer’s line-up over the past decade and Volkswagen is no exception. With the company’s “dieselgate” issue gaining distance in their rearview mirror, Volkswagen is looking to add four electric vehicles to its model line to clean up their act and sit alongside the current e-Golf.
Although they are concepts for now, we can look forward to the planned releases of the ID., ID. Vizzion, ID. Buzz and the ID. Crozz. The Crozz is slated to be released the soonest and should be in dealerships by the end of 2020. Here is what we know about it thus far.
True to Concept Form
The I.D. Crozz Concept first debuted in 2017 at the Shanghai Auto Show and not much has changed since then in terms of the overall look, as far as what we can see from latest manufacturer photos. While the forthcoming production version ‑ which will be billed as a 2021 model ‑ is still showing up as a concept car, it should keep to the same 4-door crossover look that we have come to know and love.
The ID. Crozz will ride on the same modular MEB platform as the Audi E-tron and will be powered in the same fashion as well: a dual-motor setup rated at a combined 302 horsepower that powers all four wheels. The first motor will sit between the front axles and push out 101 horsepower, while second motor, mounted between the rear axles, will make up for the remaining 201 horses.
Distance and Time
When it comes to the topic of any electric car, the first question on everyone’s mind is, “What’s the range on the battery?” Fortunately, most range anxiety woes should subside as the 2021 ID. Crozz is expected to achieve 300 miles on a single charge of its 83.0-kwh battery pack. If that’s not impressive, then the recharge rate should make up for it as the ID. Crozz will be able to recoup up to 80 percent of its battery life in just 30 minutes when connected to a fast-charging 150.0-kwh DC charger. The full list of different recharge rates with less-powerful chargers is yet to be released.
Technology and Cargo Space
While it’s hard to see from pictures just how much room the ID. Crozz will have, Volkswagen says that it will have about as much room as a Tiguan and “a bike can fit crosswise through its sliding rear doors.” Speaking of the sliding rear doors, those are probably the car’s quirkiest features, which not only provide easy access for people and cargo, but also add to overall futuristic look. The front doors open normally, but they are electrically powered and swing out to 90 degrees.
As for the technological features, information is still limited but the ID. Crozz will have an advanced heads-up display that projects onto an augmented reality windshield, as well as an autopilot feature in which the steering wheel will retract into the dashboard when activated. The dashboard will house three different digital displays and the concept did show camera feeds in lieu of actual rearview mirrors, but we suspect that actual mirrors will be in place when the car goes to market.
Here Comes the Future
Volkswagen has a goal of selling one million electric vehicles worldwide by 2025, and while that may seems like a lofty feat, we think it might be possible if they really start cranking the production wheel on the ID. Crozz soon enough, not to mention the other three EVs they are planning to release.