Largest model yet from Volkswagen's electric production family previews Level 4 autonomous tech
2 April 2019

Volkswagen is set to unveil a new electric large SUV, called the ID Roomzz, at this month’s Shanghai motor show, as it prepares the next wave of its electric ID range.

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The ID Roomzz, first revealed by Autocar in December, is a luxurious seven-seat premium offering designed to rival the Tesla Model X. Volkswagen sources say it has already been approved for production, and it is due to launch in selected markets, including the US and China, in 2022.

The German maker has also confirmed that the concept will preview Level 4 autonomous driving features in a system called ID Pilot. Level 4 is the stage whereby a driver still needs to be present, but the car has full control the majority of the time.

The ID Roomzz - previously codenamed ID Lounge - will be the fifth mainstream model to be revealed from the marque’s ID line-up, all of which are based on the Volkswagen Group’s new MEB electric platform. The production version of the ID hatch will be launched later this year, followed by that of the ID Crozz SUV, ID Buzz MPV, ID Buzz Cargo van and ID Vizzion saloon.

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Several more ID machines are under development. According to sources, these include an ID Crozz Coupé variant and an estate version of the ID Vizzion. An even larger SUV, which shares a platform with the long-wheelbase version of the ID Buzz and offers a range of at least 370 miles from a 111kWh battery, is tipped to make its debut at December’s Los Angeles motor show. VW is also working on a smaller electric ‘people’s car’.

In the build-up to the launch of the ID hatch, Volkswagen will also confirm its naming plan for the ID range. Recent trademark applications suggest that, instead of using the concept names, machines will be numbered from ID 1 to ID 10. Sporting models will be given additional GTX identification, in a nod to the GTI badge.

The ID Roomzz will be a key vehicle for Volkswagen’s ambitions in China and the US. Closely related to the ID Crozz, it will feature three rows of seats, with accommodation for up to seven passengers. A VW insider calls it a “marvel in packaging”, claiming it is similar in size to the Tiguan Allspace yet with more interior space than the Touareg. The Tiguan Allspace is 4701mm long, while the Touareg measures 4878mm.

The ID Roomzz's close technical relationship with the ID Crozz is confirmed by the models sharing the VW316 internal codename. The ID Roomzz will feature individual exterior and interior styling, and it will have a longer wheelbase and wider track to increase passenger space.

The model will be offered in China with two different styling treatments, with Volkswagen developing a version for each of its long-established joint ventures with FAW and SAIC.

As well as figuring heavily in its plans for China, the ID Lounge is set to play a key role in Volkswagen’s future electric vehicle strategy in the US. Sources suggest the ID Lounge could be produced alongside the ID Crozz and ID Crozz Coupé at Volkswagen’s US manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which is currently gearing up to produce MEB cars.

 

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10 December 2018

What we’re needing is not an up to figure for Range,we are needing a minimum, and, I’m not a fan of the rear end either, it looks to contrived to me....

Peter Cavellini.

10 December 2018

EV's have to be upper range as they are too expensive to manufacture and sell at the bottom of the range.

10 December 2018

Another day and another VAG EV story for the future

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

10 December 2018
You hit the proverbial nail on the head.
More VW spin.

10 December 2018
xxxx wrote:

Another day and another VAG EV story for the future

 

Not only that, but another story to justify that VW is luxury. If they are so confident, then they should sell off Audi, otherwise what's the point of Audi ?

10 December 2018

Thats all VW do these days. All talk and very little action. I dont understand how Auto car believce their readers (mostly car fanatics) will buy this P.R BS Is this what we are going to have to put up with until 2020? VW are doing themselves zero favours with this constant speculation and misleading narrative.

Daz

10 December 2018

To all those who moaned yesterday about Autocar producing an article on a manufacturer with only 4.5% market share, and then moan about another article about a manufacturer who group has most of the market share - if you were editor of autocar, how would you fill the pages of your magazine? Remember you've got to produce several articles per day.

Hats of to Autocar staff, not sure I could stomach beinging constantly moaned at.  People may well moan at the product, but don't shoot the messenger.

10 December 2018

I'm now going to moan at Autocar staff...  why no edit facitlity?

10 December 2018

I'm not happy.

10 December 2018
Just like the venerable Autocar, I love talking about VW cars that do not exist yet and will not exist for another few years. Meanwhile Model 3 is going to make a land fall in Europe in a couple of months time. Considering that Model S has out sold the S Class and the 7 Series in Europe this year, I guess it IS big news!

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