Volkswagen is getting set to unveil the latest member of its electric concept stable at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, in the form of a wagon version of the ID. Vizzion sedan that was introduced at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
The ID. Space Vizzion will be a grand touring wagon, though the company is referring to it as a crossover, saying it will be a new category for electric vehicles (all the other ID. concepts have covered existing vehicle segments).
“So far, with our ID. family, we have shown what is possible with electric vehicles in each known car category,” said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design. “With the ID. SPACE VIZZION we create a new, fully electric segment.”
The company is indicating it will spawn a production vehicle late in 2021, which would actually make it the third production model of the line (and by all accounts, its flagship), since it is slated to arrive ahead of the minivan (Buzz) and premium sedan (Vizzion). The compact hatchback ID.3 has just started production and the crossover based on the ID. Crozz concept will enter production in 2020.
Like the rest of the ID. line, the Gran Turismo crossover will be based on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB), though like the Vizzion concept, it will be pushing into the large segment — larger than the current Arteon fastback sedan.
Although Volkswagen hasn’t released dimensions, or many details at all, the Space Vizzion is expected to push over five metres in length, as did the Vizzion sedan concept, but appears to use conventionally hinged doors (Vizzion had rear-hinged rear doors).
The only indication of performance is a statement that the aerodynamic exterior contributes to a driving range of over 480 km. The Vizzion showed a 111-kWh lithium-ion battery that granted the vehicle a reported range of 665 km (after you factor in energy recuperation technologies, such as regenerative braking). The aerodynamics will allow a higher top speed (which in Vizzion was reportedly 180 km/h).
Like the Vizzion, it is expected to be an all-wheel drive vehicle using an electric motor at each wheel, for a total of 225 kW (306 hp).
The extended platform allows the interior to seat passengers in three rows, with one option likely to be middle captain’s chairs, as shown in the accompanying vehicle renderings. The interior features a completely digitized instrument panel and sustainable materials, such as a new AppleSkin alternative to leather.
More information will be available following the concept’s unveiling in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, 2019.