Volkswagen has unveiled a reworked version of the ID Crozz concept car at the Frankfurt motor show, confirming the high riding crossover will go into production in 2020 as an integral part of the German car maker’s Strategy 2025 electric car offensive.
Originally revealed at the Shanghai motor show in April, the latest incarnation of the ID Crozz receives altered front end styling which, according to Volkswagen brand chairman Herbert Diess, brings it more in line with the definitive production version than the original concept.
"As early as 2020 we aim to sell 100,000 all-electric Volkswagens [per year]. But this is just the beginning. By 2025, annual sales could increase ten-fold to one million vehicles," said Diess. The firm has already shown ID hatchback and ID Buzz concepts, which will lead to production models. Diess said the new electric car line-up will be offered alongside traditional combustion engine and hybrid powered Volkswagen models.
The ID Crozz is a crossover that aims to combine the dynamic lines of a modern day sportscar together with the all terrain capability of a dedicated off-roader. Featuring two conventional front hinged doors up front and a pair of cantilever style doors at the rear, it is said to offer interior space on a par with the Tiguan Allspace – a new long wheelbase version of Volkswagen’s best selling SUV model, together with a claimed 515-litres of luggage capacity.
The revised ID Crozz has the same dimensions as the earlier version: it is 4625mm long, 1891mm wide and 1609mm high. The styling update includes revised headlamp graphics with U-shaped LED projector units and an illuminated horizontal element. It will have a wheelbae of 2773mm.
Also helping to give the ID Crozz a more production based appearance are new 21-inch wheels, shod with 245/45 profile tyres all round.
The ID Crozz is powered by the same zero emission driveline used by the original concept, featuring two electric motors – one mounted within the front axle, and one at the rear - powered by an 83kWh lithium-ion battery housed within the floor structure. The front electric motor sends its 101bhp and 103lb ft to the front wheels. The rear unit delivers 201bhp and 228lb ft to the rear wheels, giving the car a combined output of 302bhp and 332lb ft of torque.
That is 67bhp less than similar dual electric motor set-up showcased in the four-wheel drive ID Buzz, but 134bhp more than that offered by the single electric motor used by the rear-wheel drive ID hatchback. The ID Crozz is set to have a range of more than 311 miles, 62 less than both the ID hatchback and Buzz. No performance figures have been revealed, though Volkswagen says it intends limiting the production version’s top speed to 112mph.
With its large battery mounted low down within the floor structure and the electric motors also housed within the axle assemblies front and rear, Volkswagen also claims the I.D. Cross possesses a front-to-rear weight distribution of 48:52 per cent. Wolfsburg officials are already talking up the dynamic qualities, suggesting the new platform and chassis provide a “large spread between handling and comfort”. The I.D. Crozz has been built to offer a choice between manual and autonomous driving modes.
The next instalment in Volkswagen’s ID family is expected to be a large saloon, which is tentatively planned to be unveiled at the 2018 Geneva motor show.