335bhp, 486lb ft electric wagon prototype foreshadows upcoming production car
20 November 2019

Volkswagen has previewed its plans for a new electric-powered crossover-style estate with the unveiling of the ID Space Vizzion at the Los Angeles motor show.

The new car, with a claimed range of up to 367 miles on the WLTP test cycle, is the eighth ID-branded concept revealed by the German firm, which has already laid out plans to produce up to one million EVs per year by the end of 2022.

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The ID Space Vizzion is set to go into production alongside the ID Vizzion saloon at Volkswagen’s Emden plant in Germany in 2021. Both models are due to wear the ID 5 model name, according to senior Volkswagen officials, who suggest the production version will hold true to the concept in terms of appearance and technical specification.

VW's US boss, Scott Keogh, has confirmed a version of the Space Vizzion car will also be produced in the USA and sold there from 2022 onwards.

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The latest ID concept updates the more conceptual lines revealed on last year’s ID Vizzion saloon with various styling elements that help to link it visually with the latest Passat estate, including the shape of its headlights.

But whereas the design of the Passat is restricted by the space dedicated to mounting a combustion engine within its front end, the ID Space Vizzion takes advantage of the inherent packaging advantages of its electric driveline by having a relatively short bonnet and a lengthy cabin.

Drawing on the versatility of Volkswagen’s MEB electric car platform, the ID Space Vizzion is of a similar size to the A6 Avant of sibling firm Audi, with a 4958mm length, 1897mm width and 1529mm height.

With short overhangs front and rear, and 22in wheels, it also receives a lengthy, 2965mm wheelbase, providing scope for either a four- or five-seat layout and up to 586 litres of luggage space behind the second row of seats.

Inside, the new Volkswagen concept sports a clean and uncluttered interior devoid of physical switches and buttons. All controls are concentrated within touchscreen panels and displays, including those of the steering wheel, whose design has been inspired by that used by past Volkswagen models.

Its maker says the ID Space Vizzion can support both rear- and four-wheel drive. In rear-wheel-drive guise, it uses a rear-mounted electric motor developing 275bhp and 405lb ft of torque. In four-wheel-drive form, it also has a front-mounted electric motor that provides an additional 101bhp and 111lb ft. The combined system output for the four-wheel-drive version is put at 335bhp and 486lb ft.

Volkswagen quotes a 0-62mph time of 5.4sec and a governed top speed of 109mph for the four-wheel-drive variant, which is expected to form the basis of an even more powerful ID 5 GTX performance estate that’s due in 2022.

Energy for the electric motors is provided by a 82kWh lithium ion battery mounted within the floor. It can be charged to 80% of its capacity within 30 minutes using a 150kW system.

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20 November 2019
Finally, someone might actually bring an EV estate to market. Do it VW!

20 November 2019

 Near five twenty foot long?

20 November 2019

Looks like a shorter car streched, doesn't approach the taut coherence of the iD3

20 November 2019

I think this ID Space looks great and really struck me as a family car I would like to own in future.  The opportunities for improved space efficiency of a dedicated EV platform are well documented and appear to have been realised in the likes of the relatively short I-Pace, but now I am wondering about the whole 'more space from an EV platform' thing.  Early comments on the ID3 suggest that VW's claims of Passat-rivalling space in a Golf-size package are not right.

Similarly with this ID Space Vizzion: room for 5 and 596 litres of luggage in a car 4958mm long is nothing special.  The current Passat estate is 4767mm long, has room for 5 and 650 litres of luggage.  Our 2010 Volvo XC90, admittedly a taller car (but still with all the space-consuming 4wd gubbins, 3rd row of seats and spacesaver spare wheel under the boot), is 4,807mm long and with 5 seats has 615 litres of luggage space... and the option to become a seven-seater.

I guess I'll still look at it when it arrives in a VW garage but would prefer either a shorter model or one with more seats or boot space for something night on 5m in length.

20 November 2019

Why have VW decide to mount the engine at the back? Surely it'll rob luggage space and is it not better to fit the engine up front and make the car FWD which is safer to most drivers. I like the design but an estate shoudl be just that and not a 'sportswagon', vertical rear end please.

20 November 2019

And in the diagram you will note there is one motor on the front axle and one on the rear.  Tesla have been doing it for several years.

3 December 2019
pege63 wrote:

Why have VW decide to mount the engine at the back? Surely it'll rob luggage space and is it not better to fit the engine up front and make the car FWD which is safer to most drivers. I like the design but an estate shoudl be just that and not a 'sportswagon', vertical rear end please.

did you read it, it says there is a FWD version available, if you're that fussed get the less HP one and have the extra luggage space, but i wouldnt.

20 November 2019

I like. Great design. I hope the interior remains largely untouched too!

3 December 2019

exactly shiakas why has no one done a electric wagon, volkswagen basically invented the wagon so invent the electric one.

apart from that i love the look of this vehicle, hopefully the interior isnt quite so futuristic but other than that its pretty astounding, just make it volkswagen, NOW!

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