As early as 2018, Volkswagen already has a clear vision of its sedan offering for the year 2030. As an embodiment of that vision, the German carmaker is presenting at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show the all-electric I.D. Vizzion Concept, a four-door sedan boasting of full autonomy and artificial intelligence.
Joining the I.D. compact, I.D. Crozz SUV and I.D. Buzz microbus in the carmaker’s I.D. family, the I.D. Vizzion Concept offers level 5 autonomy, with operations directed through voice and gesture. It is capable of learning, as made possible by artificial intelligence. Volkswagen will launch the I.D. Family at the start of the next decade, bringing into the market new electric vehicles featuring visionary designs and long driving ranges.
On the exterior, the all-electric sedan by VW, envisioned for 2030, looks like a typical four-door model of today. In terms of dimensions, it measures 203.3 inches in length, 76.7 inches in width and 59.3 inches I height. Thanks to the fact that the I.D. Vizzion has a long roof and wheelbase (122.0 inches) as well as short front and rear overhangs, the concept offers more space than current premium sedan in the market.
The front end of the I.D. Vizzion is defined by a unique, interactive lighting concept. It features a white, illuminated VW badge that develops into a white, animated light axis. Once the sedan recognizes a passenger, the light axis flows over the sides and the white-illuminated door handles, into the rear section. The I.D. Vizzion makes use of HD Matrix dipped beam and main beam headlights that operate with 8,000 light pixels to project symbols and displays in front.
While the exterior of the I.D. Vizzion has a semblance of the present, its interior is totally futuristic. Being a fully autonomous car as controlled by a ‘digital chauffeur,’ there is no need for a steering wheel, visible controls, dash panel and foot pedals, as well as a driver’s seat. Every occupant is a passenger, and all passengers have to do is to sit back and enjoy the ride. The entire interior space creates a lounge-like atmosphere, as provided with four ergonomically balanced seats, footrests, large side windows and a continuous panoramic sunroof.
Aside from are still two rotary/pushbutton controls on the center console – for intuitive manual control of functions and for fully stopping the concept car -- the I.D. Vizzion is primarily operated by gesture and voice control.
As a fully autonomous vehicle, the I.D. Vizzion is able to sense its environment through various systems like inter-connected laser scanners, ultrasonic sensors and radar sensors, as well as front, rear and side area view cameras.
Underpinned by the MEB architecture, the new I.D. Vizzion employs two electric motors (a 101-hp motor on the front and a compact 201-hp motor on the rear), two transmissions, interlinking electronics and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery. This 111-kWh battery is contained in floor, resulting to more interior space, more ideal weight distribution and lower center of gravity. VW expects to have an all-electric of up to 413 miles, as per European cycle.