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The power of three

The I.D. family is growing: At China’s most important auto show, Volkswagen is presenting the I.D. Crozz, a spectacular SUV coupé. The third model in the I.D. generation will play a key role in our electric car strategy in China and Europe.

Clear design: Distinguishing features of the I.D. Crozz are its large hood with powerful fenders, and the broad shoulder section.

Good things come in threes: First the I.D. in Paris, then the I.D. Buzz in Detroit, and now the third model in the I.D. family has had its debut at Auto Shanghai. The I.D. Crozz is the first “Crossover Utility Vehicle” (CUV) made by Volkswagen. Brand CEO Herbert Diess emphasized Volkswagen’s intention to raise the sale of fully electric cars to one million units a year: “The I.D. Crozz is to play a key role in this. Production will start in 2020.”

The electric concept car I.D. Crozz combines the best of two worlds. It is a four-door coupé while at the same time belonging in the widely popular SUV category. Like its I.D. siblings, the I.D. Crozz is a fully electric car. The output from the 225 kW engine is transmitted to all four wheels. The CUV can travel at speeds of up to 180 km/h for up to 500 kilometers on a single battery charge. The battery is integrated into the vehicle floor, and can be recharged up to 80 percent in half an hour at a DC rapid charging station.

The I.D. Crozz is based on the new architecture for electric cars of the next generation. Its axles and both electric engines have been moved much further outwards, allowing for a generously sized interior between them. This open space is ­designed to feel like a lounge: comfortable, with plenty of space, and offering a variety of functions. The legroom provided in the back seat reaches luxury-class standards.

There are no switches or levers here. The I.D. Crozz is operated via touch displays, keypads, and speech and gesture control – like a smartphone on wheels. The driver’s digital hub is the retractable steering wheel, an Active Info Display and a Head-up Display, which makes use of augmented reality. All key information, such as navigation data, is displayed three-dimensionally onto the road in front of the vehicle. White touchscreens on the door – called door panels – can be used by the driver and passengers to open the doors or adjust the air conditioning.

The crossover is equipped with the I.D. Pilot, which will enable it to switch to fully automated driving in 2025. At that point, the steering wheel will retract and become integrated into the Active Info Display. This means that when the I.D. Crozz drives in fully automated mode, it will do so without a classical steering wheel. Welcome to the future.

I.D. Crozz: important facts

Phideon PHEV

The Phideon PHEV is made by the joint venture SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) in Anting. By the end of 2017, the luxury class sedan, over five meters long, will also come with a plug-in hybrid drive. This model brings 245 hp onto the road, and can drive for up to 50 kilometers purely on electric power.


The C-Trek is Chinese through and through – developed in China and sold only in China. The 4.55-meter long model combines the character of a sedan with that of a Variant and a SUV. The C-Trek has been on the market since November 2016 and more than 15,500 units have been sold. It rolls off the production line at the plant in Changchun, where the New Bora, the Bora, and the Magotan are also produced.