The revised ID Crozz 2 concept, first shown at the Frankfurt motor show, features four laser sensors on the roof, which are complemented with ultrasonic and radar sensors, as well as front and side cameras. The on-roof sensors glow blue when the system is in use as a signal to drivers in other cars that the vehicle is operating in autonomous mode.
Kueppers said it was unlikely the first production ID cars that go on sale will feature the full sensor set, which is more likely to feature in second-generation models. He added that the systems could be upgraded as technology developed, which could enable buyers of used ID cars to select upgrades their first owners did not have.
"There will be a time when you buy an ID as a used car, and then it might be [that] you can choose to have automatic cruise control or satellite navigation by activating it over the air," Kueppers said. "That’s completely new for us.”
The ID Crozz in detail
The ID Crozz is described by VW as a ‘sporty’ crossover that combines an SUV with a four-door coupe. As well as being part of the brand’s ID electric range, Volkswagen says the ID Crozz will sit within its existing SUV line-up.
The ID Crozz will launch ‘in parallel’ with the ID saloon in 2020. While the ID is similar in size to the Golf, the ID Crozz is broadly comparable to the Tiguan small SUV – albeit with sportier, coupe-style styling. The ID Crozz is 4625mm long and 1891mm wide, with a wheelbase of 2773mm and a 515-litre boot, similar dimensions to the Tiguan Allspace.
While the Tiguan can accommodate up to seven seats, the ID Crozz concept currently features four – with the rear seats designed to offer ‘premium’ space, and with flexibility to accommodate large loads. The rear doors retract fully back and the front doors open 90 degrees which, combined with the absence of B-pillars, is designed to give easy access.
Kueppers noted that the generous interior space has proven very popular among those who have seen the ID Crozz, but noted it was likely a more conventional three-seat bench would be available on production models. He also said that VW would offer a seven-seat electric SUV, but wouldn’t specify if that would be a modified version of the Crozz or a different model.
The feeling of space inside the car is heightened by thin front and rear seats, along with a light shade panoramic roof, which features LED light strips built in visible from inside and outside the car. Individual climate control settings are available for front and rear passengers, using digital door panel controls.