VW planning second electric SUV amongst others

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Wednesday 6 December 2017

Volkswagen is planning to expand its electric family with a second, more conventional SUV by 2020. The company design head, Klaus Bichoff, said VW is also considering “more emotional” electric models for the next decade, like Beetle and Scirocco.

The first SUV will be the production version of the I.D. Crozz, while the second will take styling cues from the smaller T-Roc and Tiguan for those who want a traditional look. The other confirmed members of the I.D. electric family are the I.D. hatchback, still two years from production, and the Kombi-inspired I.D. Buzz scheduled for 2022.

The range will ride on the firm’s electric (MEB) platform, with up to four different battery capacities on offer. Power for the SUVs will be around 220kW, while the hatchback will produce roughly 90kW.

The bigger vehicles will reportedly be offered with either rear-wheel drive or a new all-wheel drive set-up consisting of a large motor on the rear axle paired with a smaller one for the front. This may mean such SUVs will have a slightly shorter range. For reference, the concept I.D. Crozz employed an 83kWh lithium-ion battery for a theoretical range of 438km on one charge.

Regarding the more emotional EVs, nothing is confirmed yet but an electric Scirocco is tantalising.


NZ Autocar

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