By on November 20, 2019

Silly naming convention aside – what’s with the misplace period and the dual z’s/zeds, Volkswagen? – the Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion Concept is meant to preview something sleek.

A drag coefficient of 0.24 is nothing to sneeze at, indeed. Had my crappy CAD designs gotten that sort of number in eighth grade, perhaps I’ve have earned an A and would be designing cars instead of writing about them.

Ahem.

An 82-kilowatt hour battery is expected to give the concept, or whatever production car is built off of it, a range of up to 300 miles.

Volkswagen hasn’t shown pics in advance, so this post will be updated later tonight. We do know that this aerodynamic vehicle is promised to offer the utility of an SUV, and it will be built for the European and North American markets. It’s the seventh(!) concept to come out of the ID. concept group, and like the others, it rides on the MEB platform (modular electric drive matrix in English, you don’t want to know in German).

The battery is located in the floor in a space-saving move, and there’s a rear-mounted 275-horsepower motor. A second motor could be fitted to give the vehicle all-wheel drive and a total of 355 horsepower. Key dimensions: 195.2 inches of length, 60.2 inches of height, and 74.7 inches width. Production by 2022 is possible but unconfirmed.

VW claims the lack of need for a radiator or gas engine is what allows the low drag coefficient. Since they aren’t restricted by spatial needs, they can lower the hood and make the design as aerodynamic as possible.

Ducts in the bumper and vents in the hood are functional.

An horizontal panel directs air between the headlights, over the hood, and to the rear, where another similar panel located over the tailgate directs the air under it.

The headlights are “interactive,” whatever that means. There are no door handles – should approach with the key or your smartphone (which can be used as a key) on you, a touchpad lights up. Touch it with the key or phone on you, and open sesame.

The wheels are 22-inch aluminum-alloy units, mounted flush with the wheelarches to keep air flowing. They’re even designed to look like a turbine.

A roof spoiler directs air to both sides of it, to continue the aerodynamic theme.

Open it up, and the entire car lights up. That shows off an interior that includes an “augmented reality” head-up display and a 15.6-inch touchscreen that will appear to “hover” in mid-air.

Right now, there are four seats, but a three-rear-seat configuration is possible. VW is touting the use of sustainable materials inside, including a leather-like replacement that is made from leftover apple juice production.

The all-digital cockpit will allow drivers to assign certain colors to certain screens, and there will be voice-activated controls. Over 20 cubic feet (20.7 to be exact) of cargo space lies behind the rear seats, and the load bed folds up.

The steering wheel has capactive touch panels, and this concept gets a column shifter. In a VW first, the wipers move to the left-hand stalk. A light mounted in the A-pillar provides key info to the driver.

The 0-60 sprint is expected to take five seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 109 mph. Charge time to 80 percent on 82 kWh is about 30 minutes.

[Images © 2019 Tim Healey/The Truth About Cars]

 

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7 Comments on “Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion Concept Previews an Aerodynamic Production Car...”


  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    Where are the ego and super ego?

    Make that bottom bumper light up in red sequentially and call it K.I.T.T. 2.0

  • avatar
    ravenuer

    Space Vizzion? They must have sat up all night to come up with that. Or, they had a contest at the local kindergarten.

    • 0 avatar
      Ermel

      It will certainly be just the ID4 when it hits the showrooms, which a German article I read suggests will be in early 2022. And just as certainly all the nonsensical bling will be gone, and it will be exactly as boring, functional, and competent as is the ID3.

      Trust Volkswagen to do it right for once. The first really usable and affordable electric family hatchback just entered production, and now the same thing but one size up is being announced–both as a sedan and wagon. Sure, the huge SUV coupés draw more attention both from the press and from the buyers (who seem to need it), but I am confident that the sensible if boring VWs will be bestsellers despite, or maybe because of, this. Just like the Golf and Passat are today (in Europe of course).

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Rear drive electric wagon with 300 miles range?

    Gentlemen I think we’ve found our new AWD manual transmission brown wagon to kevetch about.

  • avatar

    Not much enthusiasm for VW here, eh? Only 4 comments. Compare that with Mustang.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Volkswagen is like the DMV of the car world, Staid, Boring, will cause a lot of frustration but eventually get the job done. Other than a V12 diesel that would make a 8.1L H1 gasser look like an economical daily driver, I personally haven’t had interest in any of their products. I also try to limit my criticism of foreign manufacturers since I would like our home manufacturers to be dominate around the world.

      Ford has so many issues, and journalists know they can incite discussion that gets lots of clicks on the topic, it’s just an easy topic.

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