Volkswagen I.D. Crozz
The biggest news here is that the first vehicle on VW’s entirely new I.D. platform is about the size of the present Tiguan. But thanks to packaging that puts the entire powertrain in the floor, and shrinks the size of the front motor, the interior space is somewhere closer to VW’s seven-passenger Atlas. Volkswagen also said the I.D. Crozz (almost surely called something else) would get a range of about 300 miles, offer AWD, and be priced competitively with other mid-sized SUVs—and no, not other hybrid or EV SUVs, but where VW competes now. VW also explained that the future of VW will return to rear-engine, rear-wheel drive vehicles as that base propulsion system (a la, the original Beetle), but the concept I.D. Crozz would come with a rear, 201hp motor and an optional front motor producing 101hp, to enable AWD.
The broader mission is to make an entire family of I.D. vehicles that are fully electric, and eventually, fully autonomous, and these are goals that are largely spoken about by VW as well as its competitors. What’s compelling here is VW’s effort to put its scandalous past in the rearview mirror through an entirely EV focus, and yet to do so without forgetting the carmaker’s roots. So officials in L.A. emphasized sporty design and cars that are fun and practical, all part of Volkswagen’s DNA—while also emphasizing that they’re fully aware of the mega screwup and its root causes.
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