As part of its new electrification strategy, German carmaker Volkswagen is working to finalize the production version of the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz SUV concept and introduce the new vehicle to the United States in 2020. This goal was further confirmed when the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz – along with the I.D. Buzz concept -- made its North American debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Volkswagen first unveiled the I.D. Crozz Concept at the 2017 Auto Shanghai in China. The carmaker then updated the concept and took the wraps off it at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. As revealed, the I.D. Crozz features a size similar to the 2018 Tiguan but with the shape of a four-door coupe. The updated I.D. impresses both masculinity and dynamism thanks to its wide bonnet, cleanly contoured wings as well as a roof with a high-gloss black exterior finish.
Its LED headlights generate an unmistakable light graphic and give the I.D. Crozz its own identity both day and night. The concept features an unusual door layout in which the front doors hinge and the rear ones slide back. The B-pillar has been removed to allow the doors to open wide and make it easier for passengers to access the cabin.
But unlike a conventional SUV, the I.D. Crozz is powered a pair of electric motors -- one on each axle – that derives its juice from an 83-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The front and rear electric motors deliver 101 hp and 201 hp of outputs, respectively, giving the I.D. Crozz a total system output of 302 hp. Interestingly, the crossover concept makes use of the 4MOTION system that has the rear motor as the default propulsive unit. But when needed – like for off-road trips, snow driving or lack of traction – the front motor could automatically engage to offer more grip.
Its battery pack, meanwhile, is powerful enough to allow the I.D. Crozz to travel up to 300 miles on a single charge. All Volkswagen I.D. vehicles, including the I.D. Crozz, will have the capability to be charged on faster speeds than currently available. Using a 150 kWh DC charger, a customer could re-charge I.D. Crozz up to 80 percent of its power capacity in just 30 minutes. The lithium-ion battery pack for the electric powertrain of the I.D. Crozz is positioned low on the electric crossover concept, helping minimize its center of gravity for better handling and achieve a 48/52 front-rear weight split.
Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, remarked that both the I.D. Crozz and the I.D. Buzz concept will help the carmaker to kick off an EV revolution in the US. Both concepts, along with the original Volkswagen I.D. concept vehicle, are underpinned by a modular electric platform that will also underpin future Volkswagen-branded electric vehicles. This new modular electric platform will underpin a total of 15 different electric vehicles for the Volkswagen Group by 2025.