Volkswagen I.D. Crozz — Electric Crossover
Volkswagen has announced a new electric crossover SUV concept called the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz at the Auto Shanghai 2017. It’s the latest in what the company calls a “range of avant-garde electric vehicles,” which includes the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz microbus that was announced in January, and the I.D. compact concept from last year. Despite the terrible name — get it? Volkswagen I.D. Crozz like Crossover, just like Buzz was like Bus? — it’s a sharp-looking vehicle that will serve as inspiration for the real version Volkswagen will put into production in 2020.
Like any good concept, the I.D. Crozz is a bit outlandish. It’s supposed to use augmented reality to feed the driver information, as well as gesture control to navigate that interface. (The gesture control can also even supposedly be used to open the sunroof.) And it has autonomous tech, too — tap the VW logo on the steering wheel, and the Crozz will whisk you away in self-driving mode. It has giant wheels and a big, wide base (that sits around the battery pack in the floor). If anything, I think it looks a bit like a toned-down version of the jagged and toothy Lexus UX Concept.
Dominant visual features at the front of the I.D. CROZZ include the signature lights of Volkswagen electric mobility. The light elements – C-shaped LED daytime running lights and variably controllable LED headlights formed in the middle out of five thin LED strips – merge together to create a single front section with electronic, moving ‘eyes’ (‘Interactive Spotlight’). And this interaction is important. Because the I.D. CROZZ, when driving at the driver’s request in fully automated mode, communicates via this ‘Interactive Spotlight’ with other road users. It also greets its driver this way whenever he or she approaches the car.
Active Info Display
A 5.8-inch Active Info Display shows information to the driver and can also be used, just like the tablet in the instrument panel, to view standard content such as the media library or satellite navigation map, which can be controlled via the buttons of the multifunction steering wheel. The Active Info Display gives the driver great freedom. For instance, the full area of the display can be turned into a 3D navigation screen. The display uses three transparent layers to display the various types of information. On the bottom, on the first layer there is the navigation map; the digital content retrieved using the Volkswagen User-ID is displayed on the second layer; and the third layer, on the top, is used to display driving data such as the distance to the destination.
‘I.D. Pilot’ for the year 2025
2020 will be the key year for the global launch of the first Volkswagen MEB models in the style of the I.D. CROZZ. Around five years later, from 2025, fully automated driving will trigger the next revolutionary advance. The CUV concept car being unveiled in Shanghai already has this on-demand autopilot system on board. In the fully automated ‘I.D. Pilot’ mode the multifunctional steering wheel retracts into the dashboard and fuses there with the digitalised instruments (Active Info Display) to form a single unit. In other words, in fully automated mode the I.D. CROZZ has no traditional steering wheel. Likewise designed as a touchpad is the infotainment system with integrated climate control. In both automatic and manual mode the driver also receives speed and navigation information via an AR Head-up Display (AR = augmented reality with 3D presentation levels).
- Vehicle body
- Length: 4,625 mm
- Width: 1,891 mm
- Height: 1,609 mm
- Wheelbase: 2,773 mm
- Track width, front axle: 1,592 mm
- Track width, rear axle: 1,594 mm
- Wheels/tyres: 245/45 R 21
- ‘Open Space’: Four integral seats
- Boot space (with four occupants): 15 litres
- Drive system / range
- Front electric motor: 75 kW (102 PS); 140 Nm
- Rear electric motor: 150 kW (204 PS); 310 Nm
- Total power: 225 kW (306 PS)
- Battery energy capacity: 83 kWh
- Range (EU; NEDC): 500 km
- Charging power: 150 kW (DC)
- Charge time up to 80% SOC: ca. 30 min
- Top speed: 180 km/h
Conventional rear-view mirrors are a thing of the past in the I.D. CROZZ. Instead, where the rear-view mirror used to be there is now a system that looks the same and also performs the same function: the e-Mirror. A monitor here combines the data from the three external cameras. The images are transmitted from the wing mirror cameras on the left and right-hand sides of the car as well as a rear-facing camera.
Information and controls that have previously only been available to the driver and front-seat passenger are now available to rear-seat passengers too – thanks to the digital door panels. These white, partially transparent control islands are ergonomically mounted in the trim of the four doors, where they appear to be suspended in mid-air. The door panels are used to operate the electrically opening and closing doors, the central locking system and the electric windows. Each passenger is also able to individually regulate their climate zone. The panels are operated via capacitive buttons and sliders.
Giving the driver a break
Activating the fully automatic ‘I.D. Pilot’ mode is incredibly simple: as outlined above, all the driver has to do is deliberately touch the VW logo on the steering wheel for three seconds and the I.D. CROZZ assumes control. The dynamic interior ambient lighting then switches from a white light (‘Drive’) that aids concentration to a warm, relaxed ‘magenta/violet’. At the same time, the distribution of ambient lighting is extended to the rear seating area.
Four laser scanners on the roof
By this point, the CUV has long since activated its laser scanners. Four of them emerge from the roof in ‘I.D. Pilot’ mode. The cleanly styled roof sensors call attention to the fully autonomous mode by indirect lighting. The I.D. CROZZ is able to detect other road users not only by means of its laser sensors, but also with the help of ultrasonic sensors, radar sensors, side area view cameras and a front camera.