Shanghai Auto Show: Volkswagen adds crossover ID Crozz to electric concept fleet
VW’s concept electric crossover is based on the same platform as the ID hatchback and the ID Buzz microbus, but this one will not go for sale sooner than 2020, reports said.autos Updated: Apr 18, 2017 17:25 IST
Volkswagen on Wednesday unveiled an electric crossover concept vehicle, the ID Crozz, ahead of the Shanghai auto show which opens on Friday.
VW’s concept electric crossover is based on the same platform as the ID hatchback and the ID Buzz microbus, but this one will not go for sale sooner than 2020, reports said.
“The ID Crozz is fun to drive, the four-wheel-drive produces more than 300 horsepower,” Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen Brand said at the unveil of the ID Crozz.
The German automaker claims the Crozz will hit a top speed of 180 kph and can go up to 500 km on one charge.
Such range could help reduce “range anxiety” and steer sceptics towards accepting the electrics since most EVs in the market are only running around 150 to 180 km in one go.
Volkswagen has shown a dedicated effort towards electric mobility since after the smoke of the emissions scandal, that broke first in September 2015, settled. It also showcased a couple of more hybrids and concept electric shuttle bus “Sedric” at the Geneva Motor Show in March and the North American International Motor Show in Detroit last week.
Volkswagen said earlier it will launch a pure-electric car in China next year. It joins General Motors, Ford and other automakers that have announced electric models for China as Beijing steps up pressure on the industry to develop alternatives to gasoline.
The Chinese auto market saw demand for gas-guzzling SUVs going up tremendously last year but the sale of electrics has dropped.
First Published: Apr 18, 2017 16:59 IST