Volkswagen is planning to release its vision for its future line of electric vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show, showing off a concept premium sedan called the I.D. Vizzion.
Volkswagen’s electric line will be identified as I.D., and it has shown various concept version of the vehicles that will be marketed when the I.D. family comes to market starting in 2020 with the I.D. compact car. It will be followed by the I.D. Crozz compact sport utility vehicle, and then the I.D. Buzz minivan.
Vizzion will be the fourth member of the line, and the expected flagship. It will also be Volkswagen’s poster child for its EV design direction, and be at the forefront of the company’s autonomous driving development.
The company has released sketches of the exterior and interior, as is customary for pre-debut teasers from pretty much all manufacturers, but Volkswagen has actually released quite a bit of information about the new premium sedan. What we can tell from the sketches is that it will similar in size and scope to the Passat. It has four doors, with the rear ones hinged at the rear (which likely won't make it to production).
As with recent autonomous vehicle concepts, the Vizzion will not have a steering wheel or visible controls. The Vizzion’s various assistance systems take complete control of the car, with the 4-seater’s cabin occupants interacting with a virtual host via voice and gesture controls. And because it’s fully integrated into the digital eco-system, Vizzion can structure itself to the preferences of its occupants, meaning riders will experience unaccustomed levels of comfort and convenience.
Vizzion is a full-size all-wheel drive car, measuring in at 5.11 metres long, and its electric power output of 225 kW (from an electric motor on each axle) will allow it to run to a top speed of 180 km/h. Its onboard 111 kWh lithium-ion batteries will reportedly grant it a driving range of 665 km, by the time you factor in driving dynamics such as regenerative braking.
Volkswagen’s electrification plans call it to have 20 electric vehicles on the road by 2025.