Volkswagen’s dire reputation post-Dieselgate required some kind of bells and whistles statement in a bid to re-establish the brand’s credentials.

Volkswagen ID electric microbus concept to be revealed at Detroit motor show

But, motor show buzz aside, is the ID concept really the smash-hit game-changer VW’s headlines claim it is? I’m an advocate of electric cars, to the point that I lease one (a Renault Zoe), and I’m excited by VW’s vision of the future, but I need to see more before I’m convinced that the ID is the leap forward that its maker wants us to believe it is.

Of course, the ID concept car has more range, more space, more autonomous functions and more connectivity possibilities than any car on sale today. But so it should: it won’t spawn production vehicles until around 2020, four long years from now.