Design for a new era The clear and powerful design of the I.D. CROZZ combines the masterful and rugged look of an SUV with the sporting ease of an elegant coupé. The large bonnet with its wings athletically contoured in wide radii is a defining feature. It spreads itself expressively across the full width of the high front of the car. The CUV is painted in a crisp and 'technical' shade of silver ('Silver Spark'), while with the clean surfaces its bonnet and bumper look like a sculpture - seemingly hewn out of a single block of aluminium. Dominantly integrated into the front section are the signature lights of Volkswagen electric mobility. Another illuminated feature is the VW badge integrated centrally between bonnet and bumper. It joins up to the left and right with the interactive LED headlights via a fine, striking line of light. The sharply contoured, visually light rooflines appear stretched, while the transparent roof itself is of high-end quality, with a gloss black finish on the outside. A new feature is a movable light blind in the illuminated panoramic roof that creates ambient lighting both inside and on the exterior. The stylish rear and sportily broad shoulder section look powerful and the width of the car is also emphasised by a gloss black area across the rear section with thin LED matrix segments as rear lights and the illuminated VW badge. A masculine appearance is reinforced by the full silhouette, with its strong wheel arches, the 21-inch wheels and sturdy side sills with a matt, rugged surface texture. Excellence is in the detail: thanks to the innovative design of the wheels the transition between wheel rim and tyre is almost imperceptible and as a result the wheel/tyre combination looks especially big.
'I.D. Pilot' for the year 2025 2020 will be the key year for the global launch of the first Volkswagen MEB models in the style of the I.D. CROZZ. Around five years later, from 2025, fully automated driving will trigger the next revolutionary advance. The CUV concept car being unveiled in Shanghai already has this on-demand autopilot system on board. In the fully automated 'I.D. Pilot' mode the multifunctional steering wheel retracts into the dashboard and fuses there with the digitalised instruments (Active Info Display) to form a single unit. In other words, in fully automated mode the I.D. CROZZ has no traditional steering wheel. Likewise designed as a touchpad is the infotainment system with integrated climate control. In both automatic and manual mode the driver also receives speed and navigation information via an AR Head-up Display (AR = augmented reality with 3D presentation levels).
Clean air An optimum, customised in-car climate is ensured by Volkswagen's newly developed CleanAir system. Regardless of the ambient conditions, it keeps the air quality inside the I.D. CROZZ consistently high. Via the infotainment unit driver and front-seat passenger are also able to activate preconfigured climate settings. This is because the I.D. CROZZ is equipped with new CleanAir technology, whereby an active filter system constantly ensures top air quality in the interior. The menu provides information on the quality of the air in the car (Air Quality Index) and on the system's current activity. What's more, via pre-saved climate conditions it is possible for driver and front-seat passenger to activate a defined airflow, plus temperature and air humidity level as found in particularly beautiful and climatically pleasant parts of the country (tailored in the case of the concept car to China). It is thus possible, for example, for the I.D. CROZZ to be driven through the centre of Shanghai with an interior climate as fresh as that prevailing in the Himalayas.
Revolution With the countdown to the launch of the new zero-emissions fleet in 2020, Volkswagen is heralding in a new era in more than just an engineering sense. Along with his team, Volkswagen Head Designer Klaus Bischoff is developing in parallel with this a new, expressive and unique DNA of electric mobility. The I.D. CROZZ now being showcased in Shanghai shows how diverse the spectrum of future variants is going to be.
360-degree design perspective If you were to take a camera drone on a 360-degree flight around the concept car, you would notice two further lines - in addition to the stretched-out side lines of the roof - that particularly shape the overall design. Both lines give the I.D. CROZZ a look of great strength. Visually they also reduce the height of the CUV and thus press it like a sports car onto the road. The first of these lines starts at the top edge of the bonnet. From there it shoots left and right out into the wings, marks their contours and upper border and forms a powerful arch over the wheel housings. Near the elegant A-pillars the line merges into the window shoulder, climbs with the side windows towards the rear and finally encircles the rear window. With the same flying camera approach, the second line appears much later; when it does, it is on the side of the front wings. There it develops above the camera wing mirrors (e-Mirror) as a sharply drawn character line and runs parallel to line one across the silhouette. In the centre of the back doors it climbs and in so doing forms the outer border of the powerfully shaped shoulder section that contributes to the optimally contoured aerodynamic rear end.
Four laser scanners on the roof By this point, the CUV has long since activated its laser scanners. Four of them emerge from the roof in 'I.D. Pilot' mode. The cleanly styled roof sensors call attention to the fully autonomous mode by indirect lighting. The I.D. CROZZ is able to detect other road users not only by means of its laser sensors, but also with the help of ultrasonic sensors, radar sensors, side area view cameras and a front camera. Activating manual driving Fully autonomous mode is deactivated by touching the Volkswagen logo on the steering wheel or by pressing the brake or accelerator pedal.
Technical Data Vehicle body Length: 4,625 mm Width: 1,891 mm Height: 1,609 mm Wheelbase: 2,773 mm Track width, front axle: 1,592 mm Track width, rear axle: 1,594 mm Wheels/tyres: 245/45 R 21 Interior 'Open Space': Four integral seats Boot space (with four occupants): 15 litres Drive system / range Front electric motor: 75 kW (102 PS); 140 Nm Rear electric motor: 150 kW (204 PS); 310 Nm Total power: 225 kW (306 PS) Battery energy capacity: 83 kWh Range (EU; NEDC): 500 km Charging power: 150 kW (DC) Charge time up to 80% SOC: ca. 30 min Performance Top speed: 180 km/h