Volkswagen ID Crozz Review May 5, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The latest electric concept from Volkswagen made its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show and will hopefully be entering production by the year 2020, not too far in the future. Part of the automaker's expanding I.D. lineup of electric vehicles, the I.D. Crozz is a sleek crossover that could take the market by storm when it arrives. Amazingly enough, Volkswagen currently plans to keep this concept model’s futuristic styling, even going so far as to say the concept is their “100-percent” prediction for the future, but we still have our doubts that the current styling will be found on the production model!
Most production vehicles make exaggerated claims about their sculpted form, but the VW I.D. Crozz concept looks closer than most to an artist’s clay model. While the production version will likely have changes to make it a bit more conventional in appearance, the I.D. Crozz will stand out. At the same time, the design is more rugged than the original I.D. Concept we saw at the Paris Auto Show with a longer body, taller stance, increased ground clearance, and faux skid plates on the bumpers. Even with this taller stance, it still sits shorter than the familiar VW Tiguan.
The lower front grille has a menacing appearance that somehow manages to take the current design theme from Volkswagen and make it look futuristic. The front fenders bulge to complete this illusion. The front has soft lines for an approachable feeling, while the sharp creases along the sides are reminiscent of sports cars. In the back, the tapering roofline is pretty much what we expect from a crossover coupe, and the rear fascia has a more vertical appearance. There are brilliant LED taillights across the full width of the Crozz, including wrapping around its corners. The lower fascia doesn’t have exhaust ports (since they aren’t necessary for an EV) but gives the impression of them.
Instead of focusing on an overabundance of practicality, Volkswagen mixes features that are unlikely to remain for the production model with some that may. The steering wheel, for example, is oblong with a unique six-sided shape that is definitely unlike anything else and leaves us wondering if it will stay. We hope that the Active Info Display digital cluster remains, which is likely since information screens have been consistently growing across all automakers. The main screen is a 10.2-inch display with a futuristic style and all controls integrated within it. The line graph displaying the range and efficiency should help drivers stay on track, while the navigation and Head-Up Display are simply expected amenities for future vehicles. We also know that the ID Crozz will have autonomous driving. There is a Level 5 full system that allows for hands-free driving via the ID Pilot system. On the concept, the steering wheel disappears into the dashboard to give you more room when not needed for driving.
The Crozz is the crossover model based on the Modular Electric Drive Matrix or “MEB.” The 83 kWh lithium-ion battery and powertrain are installed under the floor of the vehicle, increasing interior room in a similar fashion to a minivan or MPV. Using a 150 kW DC fast charger, it takes just thirty minutes to charge 80 percent of the battery. At full charge, the Crozz has a range of 311 miles using the NEDC standard. The EPA standard might shave a few miles from the maximum range, but it’s still more than enough for most urban drivers and everyday commuters. And don’t worry about merging on the freeway—the modular electric drive generates 302 horsepower.
The I.D. Crozz has a promising style and technological features. We are excited to see if the I.D. lineup can restore the beleaguered automaker and resonate with consumers when production models arrive in 2019 and 2020.