The Volkswagen I.D. Crozz Concept took center stage at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. The new concept boasts of its latest technology advancements, projecting to be the crossover of the future.
The I.D. Crozz Concept unveiled is the brand's third I.D. Concept, which is an all-electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV). The first I.D. was introduced in Paris last year while the second concept, named I.D. Buzz was unveiled in Detroit earlier this year.
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Klaus Bischoff, VW design head, shared that their latest concept versions of the new generation of zero-emission vehicles are proofs of another milestone for Volkswagen. It signals the beginning of a new revolution in design and technology that is expected to alter individual mobility, as well the brand's name.
Volkswagen boasts of the I.D. Crozz Concept's roofline feature. The new CUV has an illuminated panoramic roof integrated with a virtual blind which opens or closes via gesture control.
According to VW, the commands of the gesture control system are the same with the commands for the conventional sliding roof. The passenger just needs to make a short and sharp movement of his hand to completely open or close the virtual blind.
There is also an option to open or close halfway through. The passenger just needs to simply make a slow hand movement to control the carpet of light to reach his desired placement of the virtual blind.
Volkswagen explained that there is "a carpet of light produced by LED strips" that brightens up the interior as the light glides to the other side of the roof liner. This carpet of light follows the hand gestures to control the virtual blind.
With regard to the high-tech doors, the new crossover EV comes with large doors which can be controlled individually. The new concept has no B-pillars so the front doors can open at a 90-degree angle. Whereas, the back passengers can control the large digital door panels which look like they are suspended in midair.
Furthermore, the new I.D. Crozz Concept also functions as a driverless vehicle. When switched to I.D. Pilot mode, the new model will turn into an autonomous vehicle.
Volkswagen claims that in 30 minutes, the new CUV has the capacity to be charged up to 80 percent. This can be done with the use of a 150-kW DC fast charger.
Looking at the cockpit of the new crossover EV, passengers will enjoy the latest technology features as well. There is an infotainment tablet, augmented reality head-up display, active info display, door panel controls, and video mirrors.
The I.D. Crozz Concept is scheduled to enter production line by 2020. Herbert Diess, VW chairman of the board of management, revealed the brand's timetable for this new EV.