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Electric Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ concept to wow Shanghai

Date: 19 April 2017   |   Author: James Richardson

Following the I.D. and the I.D. BUZZ concepts shown at the 2016 Paris motor show and the 2017 Detroit show respectively, Volkswagen has unveiled the next iteration of its forthcoming electric I.D. range ahead of its debut at the Shanghai motor show. The I.D. CROZZ concept is an all-wheel drive electric 'CUV' - a coupe SUV - that is, we're promised, capable of travelling 500km (310 miles) on a single charge of its batteries as well as driving itself. 

Although still a concept, Volkswagen says that a version of this new car will go into production in 2020, and the company hopes to be selling one million electric vehicles a year by 2025. 

Volkswagen claims that the new car will produce up to 306hp and will be capable of hitting 112mph, meanwhile, using a fast charger, the batteries can be charged up to 80% of their capacity in just half an hour. Power will be sent to all four wheels and the car can be switched to fully autonomous 'I.D. Pilot' mode by holding the VW badge in the steering wheel down for three seconds. 

Inside, all of the car's instruments and controls are now digital, with the instrument panel having been replaced by an augmented reality projection in the driver's eye line, while many of the cars features can be controlled by hand gestures. Volkswagen tells us that it's like "a smartphone on wheels". Furthermore, a new 'CleanAir' filtration system ensures high air quality inside the vehicle - whatever the conditions outside. 

The new car's electric motors are out by each wheel and the battery is integrated into the floor, allowing for a great deal of interior space and flexibility, despite the coupe-like shape. The rear seats will be capable of being folded completely flat and the rear doors will open wide to allow ease of access to the rear and the boot. Meanwhile, Volkswagen claims that space in the rear will be equivalent to cars in the "premium class". 

Even though this is still a concept, Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess said that the car will go into production in 2020, just how many of the features - especially the autonomous systems - will be carried over is, however, unclear at this stage.