Traditionally, Volkswagen hosts an event on the evening before the International Motor Show (IAA) opens in Frankfurt, at which it presents its innovative new products. On this occasion, the Volkswagen brand presented the world premiere of the I.D. CROZZ II EV SUV.
The further developed electric concept vehicle, which was originally shown at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year, is part of their future electrification of their car range which will see Volkswagen rapidly expanding its electric car model range.
Volkswagen has already announced that it is investing $84 billion into electric cars and batteries development. VW is aiming to bring 30 electric vehicle models to the market by 2030. As well as the three already announced I.D electric cars, VW will also bring multiple EVs to the market under its other brands such as Audi and Porsche.
The new I.D. CROZZ II is a crossover between an SUV and a four-door coupé with a top speed of 180 km/h, up to 500 kilometres range & the handling of a Golf GTI and it still has room for a mountain bike inside.
The I.D. CROZZ II makes a powerful and masculine impression with its wide bonnet, cleanly contoured wings and roof with a high-gloss black exterior finish. The striking design of the LEDs of the headlights also point the way towards production and generate an unmistakable light graphic.
The interior has also been re-equipped and further developed – as an Open Space – with a superior amount of space and highly versatile seating concept. B-pillars were omitted in the I.D. CROZZ II, so that the large swinging and sliding doors can be opened wide, and it is even possible to transport a crossbike without any trouble.
Always ensuring a supply of clean air in the interior, regardless of ambient conditions, is the CleanAir system that has been newly developed by Volkswagen. The menu provides information on the quality of the air in the car and on the system’s current activity. In addition, the I.D. CROZZ II is equipped with a new voice assistant, which enables opening and closing of the doors via voice command. It is also possible to activate or deactivate the fully automated driving mode ‘I.D. Pilot’ by voice instruction.
The I.D. CROZZ II is a sporty, zero-emission all-round vehicle that is designed to be interactive, and whose electric 4MOTION all-wheel drive system is as impressive on unpaved trails as it is in adverse weather conditions. One electric motor works at the front axle and one at the rear, and torque distribution is controlled via an ‘electric propshaft’. The driving range of the SUV that outputs 225 kW (system power) and boasts a top speed of 180 km/h is up to 500 kilometres (NEDC) on one battery charge. The high-performance battery can be charged to 80% of its energy capacity in 30 minutes using a fast-charging system.
An ideal weight distribution between the two axles is achieved by centrally integrating the battery within the I.D. CROZZ II and having the two drive system units at the front and rear. This enables the I.D. CROZZ II to demonstrate handling characteristics on a par with those of a Golf GTI. Playing a significant role here are the running gear with electronically controlled dampers, a new multi-link rear suspension design and also newly developed MacPherson struts.
The future generation of the I.D. family will extend the Volkswagen model range. In 2020, Volkswagen will already launch the compact, all-electric, four-door I.D. in the Golf segment, while launching the modern I.D. CROZZ in the SUV segment. In addition, the I.D. BUZZ – a re-interpretation of the legendary Volkswagen Bulli – will enter the market in 2022.
All three I.D. concept cars share the new ‘all-electric architecture’ that was developed as a common platform and a completely new and avant-garde design. Other characteristics are zero-emission driving ranges up to 600 kilometres, a large amount of space, compact exterior dimensions and digitalisation of all displays and controls. In addition, the new and innovative ‘vw.OS’ operating system, which enables fast software updates and upgrades, will support each member of the I.D. family – in a way similar to the usual updating methods for smartphones.