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Shanghai 2017: Volkswagen Unveils Electric Crossover Concept

Volkswagen has made much noise about wanting to become a global industry leader in electric vehicles in the coming years, and set a target of one million EVs sold by 2025. The company’s vision was made clearer at this week’s Auto Shanghai 2017.

During its world premiere of the I.D. Crozz all-electric crossover SUV concept, the German automaker promised to get it to production by 2020.

While the e-Golf is sure to attract a certain clientele, it won’t equal the demand likely to accrue to this new, sportier and more spacious model (it is comparable in that regard to the new Tiguan). The I.D. Crozz is said by VW to have a 500-km range (bettering by far the 200 km promised by the e-Golf), and is equipped with all-wheel drive as well as a full autopilot mode (activated when pressing and holding down the VW logo on the steering wheel for three seconds).

Its electric powertrain can generate 300 hp, and its battery can be charged to an 80% level in 30 minutes when plugged into a fast-charging station.  

Also worthy of note is the entirely digital instrument panel, with certain data being projected onto the windshield. Gesture control technology is also part of the package of cutting-edge systems.

The Volkswagen I.D. Crozz joins earlier concept vehicles including the I.D. (unveiled in Paris in 2016) and the I.D. BUZZ (introduced in Detroit earlier this year).