VW sets out EV stall in Shanghai

Movie star Jackie Chan attends the global launch of the Buick Velite 5 a extended range electric hybrid ahead of the Shanghai Auto 2017 show in Shanghai China Tuesday

VW sets out EV stall in Shanghai

A further advantage of having the electric transmission's components laid out in this way is that it keeps the car's centre of gravity low - as low as in a sports auto - and also allows the vehicle to distribute power to whichever of the wheels is most suitable.

Despite government subsidies and other encouragement, electric cars have yet to catch on with China's driving public due to concern about their limited range.

The I.D. CROZZ is powered by a capable battery with an output of 225 kW, good for a top speed of 180 km/h and a driving range of 500 kilometers (NEDC). It seems like all the new concepts are electric crossovers these days.

The pressure for electrification in China is an added headache for automakers at a time when sales growth is slowing and competition heating up in a market they are counting on to drive global revenue.

At 4625mm in length, 1891mm in width and 1609mm in height, the I.D. Crozz is a considerable 316mm shorter, 85mm narrower and 354mm lower than the I.D. Buzz. Volkswagen has also confirmed that the I.D. Crozz electric SUV will enter production in 2020 and will be a part of the new-gen 30 electric cars that the brand plans to launch by 2025.

The three I.D. concepts share VW's new Modular Electric Drive vehicle platform, and this one is aimed to satisfy the market demand in the U.S., Europe and China for SUVs.

It's the most powerful Mini ever, boasting a turbocharged two-litre four-cylinder engine producing 228 horsepower and 258lb ft of torque, which enable it to reach 100km/h in 6.2 seconds from a standing start. Crozz like Crossover, just like Buzz was like Bus? - it's a sharp-looking vehicle that will serve as inspiration for the real version Volkswagen will put into production in 2020.

In fully-autonomous I.D. Pilot mode, the lights switch to a magenta hue, and the headlights will "look" into the corner as the vehicle turns. The ultra-modern sleek LED lights both fore and aft are complemented by illuminated VW badge. The most important information is projected into the driver's visual field by augmented reality. The Crozz would have self-driving technology at the touch of a button, with a steering wheel that retracts and headlights that peer in the direction of pedestrians who don't notice the vehicle coming.

A new CleanAir system that Volkswagen developed for air filtration is included in the CROZZ.

A touchscreen infotainment and navigation system is central to the car's dashboard and the only other thing, as well as the steering wheel, to appear on the panel.

The German automaker unveiled I.D. Interior space is similar as well, although the I.D. Crozz enjoys greater versatility thanks to the packaging of its electric drivetrain.

This flow of lighting gives the I.D.

With the roof being transparent, the light-emitting diodes are also noticeable from the outside.

VW brand chief Herbert Diess said the Crozz would "play a key role in that".

That's an indicator of the future; VW's past returns to dealerships in the form of a limited number of 2015 Volkswagen TDI diesel cars back on sale after modifications to make them comply with EPA emission limits. Volkswagen tells us that it's like "a smartphone on wheels".

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