Volkswagen ID. Crozz 2020: specs and on-sale date
Volkswagen is making a concerted effort to conquer the electric-car market with not one vehicle, but a whole family of electric cars. The regular ID. hatchback will go on sale in 2019, followed by this, the ID. Crozz SUV, in 2020.
Like the ID. hatchback, the Crozz is based on Volkswagen's MEB platform, which has been designed from the off to underpin electric cars.
Whereas the ID. hatchback is a regular five-door shape, the Crozz is quite different – part-coupe, part-SUV. It sits a little higher off the ground and has a sleeker body than the ID.
Volkswagen ID. Crozz styling
There have been a couple of ID. Crozz concepts, but the second – the Crozz II from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show – is believed to give the best idea of what to expect from the finished production car.
That’s certainly the case with the LED headlights, while the black sills and more sculpted side and rear panels certainly make the car stand out.
Inside, the way the batteries are hidden away under the floor makes for a ‘lounge-like’ interior, says Volkswagen.
There are just four seats in the concept car, while the dashboard is fully digital and can be operated by voice or gesture control. And a 515-litre boot ensures the car is pretty practical.
As if often the case with cars such as this, the ID. Crozz has four-wheel drive thanks to having separate electric motors working on the front and rear wheels.
Between them, they have a maximum output of just over 300bhp and the ID. Crozz is said to have a range of more than 300 miles. What’s more, it'll be compatible with fast charging; bringing them up to 80% charge from flat will take just 30 minutes from a suitable charger.
The battery packs are modular, too, which means Volkswagen could take a leaf out of Tesla’s book and offer the Crozz with a range of different capacities. As a result, buyers would pay more for a longer range.
We’ve yet to drive the ID. Crozz, even as a concept, but Volkswagen proudly says the car will be as good across country as it is in town. And, thanks to near-50:50 weight distribution, it’s said to handle as sharply as a Golf GTI.