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Volkswagen I.D. Crozz concept: latest piece of VW’s I.D. EV puzzle takes shape

Published: 12 September 2017

► Autonomous VW I.D. Crozz coupe-SUV EV
► Third show car in a series of I.D. concepts
► Announced at Shanghai, updated at Frankfurt show

UPDATED 12/09/17 - more details announced at Frankfurt IAA and production confirmed

Volkswagen has announced its I.D. Crozz concept is heading for production in 2020, and has taken the time to update the four-door-coupe-cum-SUV-cum-EV to reflect the direction the company is moving. It'll hit the VW line-up in the same year as the four-door I.D., and they'll be joined in 2022 by the I.D. Buzz, which apes the famous VW Bulli. 

The Volkswagen I.D. Crozz concept follows on from the original I.D hatchback concept and the Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz show vehicle.

VW I.D. Crozz concept car

VW is pinning the I.D. Crozz as a car for active lifestyle-ish types that need an all-rounder for their busy lives, and the brand is pretty convinced that the best shape of car to do that is a high-riding coupe.

Since it’s an I.D. concept, the new Crozz comes with LED headlights that look like a pair of eyes; they follow you around when you’re close to it and ‘watch’ pedestrians and interact with them. Think of the I.D. Crozz as a Jaguar I-Pace with googly eyes and you’re not far off the mark, design-wise.

It's pictured here in Hibiscus Red Metallic paint, which VW says highlights both the lines of the latest attempt at this concept car and also those quirky headlights. 

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So it’s an automated cartoon character on wheels – gimme some specs!

The Crozz is VW’s first all-electric crossover ever and runs on the brand’s MEB platform that will be rolled out from 2020. That MEB platform has been designed to be compact and boasts unusually tight packaging; the folks at Wolfsburg boast that the Crozz has as much space as the new Tiguan Allspace, despite being lower and shorter.

VW I.D. Buzz concept coming in 2020

It'll feature an electric version of VW's 4Motion four-wheel drive system, which has an electric motor at the front and another on the back axle, connected by what the firm is calling an 'electric propshaft'. 

Its range is claimed to be 311 miles on the NEDC and top speed is roughly 112mph. It'll also charge to 80% of the battery's capacity in 30 minues, given a powerful enough fast-charger.

VW also claims that it'll handle as well as a Golf GTI thanks to electronically controlled dampers, McPherson strut front and multilink rear suspension. We'll believe that when we've driven it... 

VW I.D. Crozz rear three quarter shot

The 301bhp electric drivetrain means the Crozz is capable of around 310 miles on one charge, has all-wheel drive and can reach 112mph.

VW also promises that 80% of the 83kWh battery pack can be charged in half an hour – about as long as it takes to nip to the loo and get a coffee at a motorway services these days.

Is the inside of the VW Crozz a tech-fest?

The interior isn’t that different from the other I.D. concepts, so there’s a hexagonal steering wheel that recedes into the dashboard when the standard I.D. Pilot mode is engaged, a central touchscreen and very little else.

VW I.D. Crozz concept interior shot

Yes, the I.D. Crozz is a reminder that autonomous cars shift the priorities of motoring somewhat - it's all about promoting a clean space for everyone inside.

Volkswagen I.D. Crozz interior

The sparse interior doesn’t mean VW has scrimped on tech, though; there’s an augmented reality head-up display that reads the road ahead and warns you of dangers, plus a new CleanAir filtration system for the air-con – something that will be welcomed by the smog-choked citizens of China, we're sure.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches