► VW ID 4 spied on test in Germany
► Based on Crozz coupe-SUV concept
► The next all-electric Volkswagen
Volkswagen is putting the finishing touches to its forthcoming ID 3 EV, but the brand's first electric car is just the beginning of an electric offensive. After the Golf-sized ID 3 will come this, the Tiguan-ish and i-Pace-ish-sized ID 4 SUV, based on the earlier Crozz concept car.
First seen at the 2017 Shanghai motor show, and then again at the 2017 Frankfurt show, VW's electric crossover has popped up again – this time testing in camouflage near the Nurburgring test facility in Germany.
The ID 4 name is unconfirmed, but insiders suggest this is the positioning of the new all-electric crossover. Other reports suggest it could carry the ID 4 X badge, reflecting its crossover status.
Our sources suggest the new e-SUV will be around 4620mm long, positioning it somewhere between the Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace in Volkswagen's line-up. But the highly flexible MEB electric architecture means that there should be more space available inside than either combustion-engined car.
We can see in our latest spyshots that the manufacturer appears to be ditching the concept car's sliding rear doors in favour of more conventionally hinged apertures.
It follows earlier sightings by our spy photographers, who snapped the ID Crozz flying around some country roads. Even with the camo in place, its styling looks heavily related to the ID 3 hatchback's. When VW said all its ID models would bear a family resemblence, it wasn't joking. Expect to see the ID 4 hit production in 2020, just months after the ID 3. Keep reading for our coverage of the original concept vehicle.
VW ID Crozz: what you need to know about the earlier concept car
Volkswagen has already announced its ID Crozz concept is heading for production in 2020, and took 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 ID saloon, and they'll be joined in 2022 by the ID Buzz, which apes the famous VW Bulli van.
The Volkswagen ID Crozz concept follows on from the original ID hatchback concept and the Microbus-inspired ID Buzz show vehicle.
VW is pinning the ID 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 ID 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 ID 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.
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.
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...
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 ID 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.
Yes, the ID Crozz is a reminder that autonomous cars shift the priorities of motoring somewhat - it's all about promoting a clean space for everyone inside.
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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