The fourth member of the VW I.D. family doesn’t even have a steering wheel or pedals.
There are currently three members in the Volkswagen I.D. family of electric concept cars: the original I.D. compact hatchback, the Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz, and the I.D. Crozz SUV. Covering as many segments as possible, each I.D. concept previews a future production model that will transform Volkswagen into a premium electric-car maker. You may have noticed that the I.D. family is missing an electric sedan, but that will soon change at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
At the show, Volkswagen will preview a potential Tesla Model S fighter with the I.D. Vizzion Concept. Teased in a series of design sketches, the electric sedan sports an elegant profile with a short overhang, slender headlights, and a flowing roof, resulting in a stylish design. Volkswagen describes the I.D. Vizzion as a “premium class” sedan, so we could be looking at the equivalent of an electric Phaeton. It’s also the largest car in the I.D. family so far, measuring 5.11 meters long. Inside, there’s four individual seats, but you may be alarmed to find that there’s no steering wheel, pedals or traditional displays. That’s because this is the first Volkswagen I.D. concept to feature fully autonomous driving abilities.
The I.D. Vizzion concept can drive, steer and navigate autonomously through traffic, “enabling passengers to freely structure their time during the drive.” There’s also an AI system in the form of a “digital chauffeur” that responds to voice and gesture controls. It learns the personal preferences of passengers and adapts to each of them individually. Power is provided by two electric motors that send a combined output of 302 hp to all four wheels. Top speed is 112 mph, and the 111-kWh lithium-ion battery provides a range of up to 413 miles. Volkswagen has big plans for its future electric car range - by 2025, the automaker aims to launch over 25 EVs.
In 2020, a production version of the I.D. hatchback will launch in Europe, while an electric SUV based on the I.D. Crozz will go on sale the same year in America. An EV based on the I.D. Buzz Concept will follow in 2022.