Volkswagen Plotting New Hardcore Electric Off-Roader

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Volkswagen's new ID. electric SUV will be more off-road focused than the ID.4.

Originally, the Volkswagen ID.4 crossover was supposed to debut at the 2020 New York Auto Show in April, but the electric SUV's reveal has been delayed until June, when the revamped 2020 Detroit Auto Show will take place. This isn't the only electric ID. SUV Volkswagen is developing, however.

While the Volkswagen ID.4 is an electric crossover designed to compete with the Tesla Model X, Autocar reports that VW is also developing a more rugged, off-road focused electric SUV that will rival the BMW iX3 and Mercedes EQB. An official name hasn't been confirmed yet, but the electric SUV is reportedly being developed under the working name of "Ruggdzz."

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According to the publication, the VW Ruggdzz is being developed as part of "a line of ID models with the same timeless and classless qualities as the original Beetle," which also includes the ID. Buzz and ID. Buggy.

In terms of styling, the Ruggdzz will look radically different from the ID.4 and will sport a boxy profile, a full-width grille with rectangular headlights, an almost horizontal hood, upright windshield, a nearly flat roofline, and sheer sides. A glass panel on the body will also make the C-pillar appear to look translucent.

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Two versions of the Ruggdzz are being planned, including a standard-wheelbase five-seat model measuring 15 feet long and an extended wheelbase version with seven seats that will likely go on sale in China and North America.

Several variations of the Ruggdzz could also be in the pipeline, including a hardcore model with a raised ride height and roof-mounted spotlights. Like the ID.4, the Ruggdzz will be based on VW's MEB platform and adopt a dual electric motor providing four-wheel drive. In the ID. Crozz Concept, this setup produces a combined output of 302 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, while an 83-kWh lithium-ion battery provides a range of over 311 miles. Production of the Ruggdzz is expected to start in 2023.

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Source Credits: Autocar

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