By on December 10, 2018

Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ, Image: Volkswagen Group

As we’ve seen with nearly all mainstream automakers, going without a three-row crossover is akin to cutting one’s throat. Large broods demand seating for seven or eight, environmental considerations be damned.

Volkswagen wants to keep the family together.

The automaker’s dedicated electric architecture, the MEB platform, is tapped to spawn numerous models in the coming years, from the basic I.D. hatchback and a relatively cheap stripper car to the two-row I.D. Crozz crossover and the I.D. Buzz microbus, but a family of vehicles needs a patriarch. Something big, so rival automakers don’t scoop up buyers in the very fledgling big family EV market.

Remember, Volkswagen anticipates that every human alive on earth will own five VW EVs within six or seven years. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but only just. Few companies in the auto sphere, with the exception of Tesla, talk up the lofty sales potential of electric vehicles quite like like VW. History will be the judge.

But back to VW’s big crossover. The versatile platform makes many bodystyles possible, and, according to Autocar, the stretched bones beneath the Buzz microbus will be repurposed to underpin the three-row crossover, tentatively called the I.D. Lounge. Thus far, that’s the closest thing to an I.D. model name that doesn’t come across as cavity-inducing. Faint praise.

The model’s drivetrain is said to mirror that of the Buzz. Twin motors, one powering the front wheels and another motivating the rear, boast a combined output of 369 horsepower. A hefty 111 kWh battery should be capable of delivering 372 miles of range on the European driving cycle.

Below VW’s MEB flagship, the smaller Cross will spawn two variants, Autocar reports — a more conventional crossover, due out in 2021, and a swoopy, coupe-like model for style-obsessed greenies with two kids (see top image). The latter model should appear around the same time as the I.D. Lounge, in late 2022.

[Image: Volkswagen]

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8 Comments on “As Expected, Volkswagen’s EV Platform to Breed a Big ‘un...”

  • avatar

    “Large broods demand seating for seven or eight”

    Maybe it’s where I live but the last thing I’d associate a “large brood” with is the purchase of any new car, let alone one laden with the double stupid-tax of being German AND an EV.

    • 0 avatar

      Maybe? it’s where you live.

    • 0 avatar

      Children are very, very expensive. Five of ’em would be much more often found in a used minivan than a new electric VW.
      The vast majority of cars on the road at any given time are carrying only the driver.
      This car might someday be found in reasonable numbers in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, where overstressed fathers somehow manage to make ends meet, in spite of turning over an additional 10% of their gross income and 1/7 of their weekdays to the local house of worship.

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    Let’s hope those Germans are working hard on solving the problem with charging taking forever with BEVs, because unless VW manages to design BEVs that may be fully charged in five minutes or less, its BEVs will all be defective by design and must necessarily be denied homologation. What an embarrassment that would be!

    • 0 avatar

      What about the problem of combustion vehicles requiring attended fill-ups? What about the fact that it takes far longer than five minutes to fuel a combustion vehicle because you have to go out of your way to find a location to fuel it? What about the difficulty of getting in and out of the gas station because of traffic?

      Unattended at-home fueling is awesome. No standing out in the cold pumping gas. No standing outside risking a car-jacking (google it). Not getting stuck in line behind someone having trouble deciding which scratch tickets to buy while trying to pay. The luxury of having 200 to 300 miles of range available every morning when you get into your car.

      Despite all of the anxiety and trolling about charging times, if you have the ability to charge at home, it’s a really, really nice feature. When people ask you how long it takes your car to charge, you’ll have no idea. Because it all happens in the background. Your life goes on while the car charges. Not having to deal with oil changes is nice too. Bye-bye jiffy lube. They’re not for everyone, but for some of us, EVs are definitely the way to go and they do make your life a little easier.

      • 0 avatar

        I’m not anti EV, but your really pushing the anti ICE past reality. You can’t name off how bad filling up an ICE vehicle is when every one of us has done it thousands of times without much difficulty. Rarely do I have to go out of my way to fill a ICE that wasn’t already on a planned route. But no matter what I can safely know that I’ll have a fuel station around or within 10 miles from wherever I may be. Also watching some idiot try to car jack someone with a .45 at his side would be interesting. Also has the added bonus of one less car jacker, essentially making the word a better place while also filling up.

        I used to have a truck with a fuel tank in the bed, maybe I should just get that setup again? Leave the house every morning with a full tank.

  • avatar

    “A hefty 111 kWh battery should be capable of delivering 372 miles of range on the European driving cycle.”

    …or 83 miles after West Virginia University publishes their take on it.

  • avatar

    Huh. That thing’s got a certain Dodge Challenger vibe about it: taking a box two sizes too big and making it look sporty in a retro-future way. Nicely done, actually.

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