Volkswagen’s latest, Geneva-bound ID concept has been shown in official sketches and photos; autonomous driving seems to take a top billing, since the car has no controls

Volkswagen has revealed the ID Vizzion in a series of previews and close-up shots of the car's front lights ahead of the car’s official appearance at the Geneva motor show later today. 

The Volkswagen ID Vizzion has now been launched. Click here to read the story

The saloon, a follow-up concept to the ID hatchback, ID Crozz SUV and ID Buzz Microbus concepts, shows another prong of VW’s electric assault post-Dieselgate.

Power is claimed to be 297bhp and the car maxes out at 112mph. A 111kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides a range of up to 413 miles, combined with the effect of the car’s regenerative braking. Motors front and rear power all four wheels.

It’s around 5110mm long - it's the same length as a standard-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S-Class, although VW bills the ID Vizzion as a premium saloon. This means that the eventual production car will be a follow-up to the ill-fated Phaeton, as previously reported. 

It’s the first model in the ID range to go without driver controls – the interior has four seats, with no pedals, steering wheel or infotainment for the driver or front-seat passenger. This means it’s the first fully autonomous model VW has shown. A nod to those who can’t drive, such as children, further confirms the car’s Level 5 autonomy (ie. no driver input is required at any time). 

Instead of a traditional infotainment set-up, the ID Vizzion has a voice and gesture-controlled ‘host’, presumably with displays incorporated into the windows rather than separate screens, and augmented reality used throughout. 

VW recently confirmed that the ID hatch will enter production in late 2019, while the ID Crozz will launch the following year. By 2025, there’ll be more than 20 EVs in the VW line-up, with one million annual EV sales targeted. 

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19 February 2018

A Volkswagen Luxury Saloon. Because that worked out so great for them in the past. Because they don't have 3 other brands who already sell luxury saloons, for whom this concept would make more sense.

 

Yup. A Volkswagen Luxury Saloon. They sure have learned their lesson. 

 

 

19 February 2018
tuga wrote:

A Volkswagen Luxury Saloon. Because that worked out so great for them in the past. Because they don't have 3 other brands who already sell luxury saloons, for whom this concept would make more sense.

 

Yup. A Volkswagen Luxury Saloon. They sure have learned their lesson. 

 

VW China is more than 50% of their worldwide market share, and yes over there VW luxury saloons work very well.

19 February 2018
eykmak wrote:

tuga wrote:

A Volkswagen Luxury Saloon. Because that worked out so great for them in the past. Because they don't have 3 other brands who already sell luxury saloons, for whom this concept would make more sense.

 

Yup. A Volkswagen Luxury Saloon. They sure have learned their lesson. 

 

VW China is more than 50% of their worldwide market share, and yes over there VW luxury saloons work very well.

We have different ideas of what " very well " means. Their Chinese-only luxury saloon, the Phideon, sold 13,000 units last year.

Mercedes sold 110,000 LWB E-Class. BMW sold 120,000 LWB 5-Series.

 

 

5 March 2018

The thing is that they can transfer technologies between their brands easily so even if an outright VW 'luxury' model won't make them any direct money the same can't be said about an Audi model, with not much-added development cost. And it is always good to have a halo product in your line.

19 February 2018

You have to say VW are spinning the EV PR very well post dieselgate, revealing a concept ca every few months, claiming we'll be able to buy it in 2/3/4/5 years time, which the press are fawning over without the scepticism of Teslas similar model of reveals many years ahead of caimed production (With good reason with regards Tesla, but VW should perhaps be given the same scepticism given they are yet to produce EVs in signiicant numbers too).

I saw an episode of Fully Charged at the weekend reviewing the concept ID Buzz (the microbus homage). I dislike VW (along with all the other cheats) for the dieselgate scandal, the exhaust fumed monkey story is horrific from the little that has been told so far, and I think 'dubbers' are a unimaginitive bunch collectively chavving up mediocre vehicles in very similar ways in the name of individuality.

However I want an ID Buzz so badly!...

1 March 2018

imho for a requirement that drivers of vehicles over a certain length, say 4,7m, to take an additional driving test, like heavy goods vehicles. At school start and finishing times our streets around North Sydney are clogged with moms unable to park, turn or safely operate these crazy trucks. Totally unnecessary as, usually, they contain one small child and a baby in the back.

they have no chance of seeing what road furniture, trees or other small children they are about to crush - time to stop this madness.

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