New Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion sedan concept hits GenevaMarch 5, 2018
Volkswagen has introduced a new member of the all-electric I.D. family at the Geneva Motor Show called I.D. Vizzion – a striking, lengthy all-electric saloon boasting full level five autonomous features.
At 5,163mm in length, it’s similar in size to the Mercedes S-Class and the latest Audi A8. It’s intended as a showcase of what kind technology Volkswagen thinks the I.D. brand could represent just over a decade from now, but it also previews a production I.D. electric saloon, which will arrive by 2022 at the latest.
The concept uses Volkswagen’s electric MEB platform, and the powertrain itself utilises two electric motors – one driving each axle. The front motor is a 75kW coaxial drive, while at the rear is a more compact, but more powerful 150kW motor. As such, total system power comes out at 225kW (306bhp). Energy is stored in a flat 111kWh lithium-ion battery lining the vehicle floor.
In total, Volkswagen claims an outright range of 413 miles on a single charge under outgoing New European Driving Cycle testing measures, while 0-62mph comes in at 6.3 seconds and top speed is limited to 112mph. The vehicle is optimised for wireless charging, but a socket compatible with Combined Charging System plugs is also installed.
Riding on 24-inch wheels, Volkswagen describes the concept as an ‘avant-garde premium class saloon’. It’s long, low and rakish, standing 1,506mm tall. The low front end is emphasised by thin LED headlights and a lighting strip than spans the car’s face, illuminating the VW badge. The lighting strip continues on the same axis down the car’s sides in places, joining up with the taillights. Suicide opening doors are operated by an electronic key or by facial recognition, and grant access to the cabin, while the I.D. Vizzion has no B-pillar either.
Inside, a long centre console extends from the front passenger space to the rear. Volkswagen has focussed on using the electric underpinnings to maximise interior space, while de-cluttering the cabin too. The seats are upholstered in vegetable-tanned leather, while the cocoon like space is trimmed with natural, untreated wood. A full-length panoramic glass roof encloses it from above.
Though Volkswagen will launch the I.D. brand next year with the production I.D. hatchback, and I.D. Vizzion will arrive three years from now with a wheel and pedals, a car boasting the same AI technologies featured in the concept is still some way off – the firm describes it as a vision of what Volkswagen will look like in 2030.