Volkswagen ID. Roomzz: SUV concept revealed at Shanghai

ID. Roomzz concept previews SUV initially for Chinese market, but reports indicate European sales could start in 2024

The Volkswagen ID. Roomzz concept SUV has been revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show, previewing a production model set to go on sale in China in 2021.

The ID. Roomzz concept – the sixth of Volkswagen's fully electric ID. concepts – showcases ‘Level 4’ autonomous driving capability.

In ‘ID. Drive’ mode, the Roomzz behaves as a conventional car, but in ‘ID. Pilot Relax’ mode it takes over full responsibility for driving. The steering wheel retracts into the dashboard to create more space, and the seats can be repositioned to face each other in a lounge-inspired layout.

Based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform – which is set to underpin everything from the forthcoming ID. hatchback to the small, affordable SEAT el-Born – the ID. Roomzz features electric motors at the front and rear, delivering four-wheel drive.

The system produces 302bhp, translating to a 0-62mph time of 6.6 seconds.

The ID. Roomzz concept is powered by an 82kWh battery, which is said to return 280 miles of range under the latest WLTP efficiency tests. It’s also compatible with 150kW rapid charging, resulting in a 0-80% charge in just half an hour.

A wireless inductive charging system is also included, according to the German manufacturer.

“The I.D. Roomzz shows us what we can expect from full-size electric SUVs in the future,” said Volkswagen's chief designer Klaus Bischoff. “The puristic look emphasises the clear function and the user experience is intuitive and natural."

The ID. Roomzz looks like a blend of Volkswagen's conventionally powered T-Cross and T-Roc SUVs with its electric SUV concepts, such as the ID. Crozz. It’s 4,915mm long, some 114mm longer than the VW Touareg SUV.

The concept receives a clean look with no front grille, while full LED lights run the width of the front and rear. Sliding doors are located on both sides of the vehicle.

Inside, the four-seat layout will be replaced with a seven-seat setup when the production model arrives in 2021. The dashboard is largely free of buttons, with a touch sensitive steering wheel incorporating a 5.8-inch screen.

Touching the Volkswagen logo for five seconds engages the autonomous driving mode. OLED screens replace the conventional wing mirrors, while an augmented reality system – similar to that previewed in the ID. Vizzion concept – can superimpose sat-nav instructions onto the windscreen in real time.

As an electric SUV, the production car previewed by the ID. Roomzz will be a direct rival for the Tesla Model X and could also provide a better-value and more practical alternative to the Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC. On the Chinese market, it'll be a rival to the NIO ES8.

Early reports indicated it wouldn't be marketed in Europe, but it now looks likely the model will come here, albeit not until 2024.