VW has announced the arrival of one more model in North America by the end of 2020. More precisely, they will add an all-electric crossover, which will be based on the recently shown ID Crozz SUV concept. Information about the future vehicle is obscured at the moment. However, the carmaker has suggested that the EV crossover should have pretty much the same footprint as the current Tiguan.
The production version of the Volkswagen ID Crozz electric SUV may have a similar powertrain as its concept predecessor. Though, since there are almost three years before the vehicle arrives they might improve it additionally. If not, the future EV crossover will feature a two-motor system where the rear axle leads the game. The rear wheels feature an electric motor with 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. When this is not enough, the car employs the front-axle motor which releases 101 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. The system independently decides when it needs all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. It’s pretty simple – there is a sensor which detects a loss of traction. When that happens, the system turns the AWD instantly.
According to Volkswagen, the motors are using an 83-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, which enables a driving range of 311 miles on the European Cycle. According to that, the EPA rating should be somewhere between 250 and 300 miles, which is not bad at all. When it’s using a fast charger with 150-kilowatt charging capacity, the battery is charged up to 80 percent in about half of hour.
The electric powertrain won’t be everything the Volkswagen ID Crozz electric SUV will have to offer. No, the interesting option will also get some kind of self-driving technology, as well as a totally digital interface. We are absolutely sure that they won’t skip the chance to offer everything the competition offers. You can expect some head-up display and retractable multifunction steering wheel, as well as gesture and voice control.
The exterior design of production models is mostly toned down in comparison with the concept siblings. This time, however, the carmaker might introduce almost the same staying. The concept looks really awesome and electric cars need to look a bit more futuristic, so why would Volkswagen spoil the perfect design? Plus, the fastback styling is a perfect fit, because it boosts car’s fuel economy.
Anyway, the Volkswagen ID Crozz electric SUV won’t reach U.S. roads until 2020, so we will have more information about it as the development goes.