VW shows off I.D. Roomzz electric SUV concept

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Words: Nile Bijoux
15 Apr 2019

VW has jumped the gun and revealed the I.D. Roomzz electric SUV concept before its official debut at Auto Shanghai in a few days.

The locale for the Roomzz’ reveal is not a coincidence - China is currently the largest market for zero-emission vehicles in the world. The SUV will sit above the Crozz in the I.D. range, offering three rows of seats, electric power and next-gen technologies.

Interestingly, VW says the seating configuration can turn 25 degrees inward to create a “lounge-like atmosphere.” That includes the driver, thanks to Level 4 autonomy (full self-driving capability in most situations but still with manual controls).

The conventional dash is gone, with a digital glass-front panel showing driving vitals. A screen in the centre of the dash offers HVAC, navigation and entertainment controls. “Interactive light zones” provide information to everyone inside.

Sliding minivan-styled passenger doors offer easy ingress/egress while“AppleSkin” renewable seat covers and wood in the door panels make the Roomzz more eco-friendly.

Finally, power comes from one electric motor per axle, with a system output of 225kW. The Roomzz also gets its own version of 4Motion all-wheel drive, which allows the SUV to hit 100km/h in 6.6 seconds. Range is rated at 450km on the WLTP cycle thanks to an 82kWh battery.

VW will debut the production version of the I.D. Roomzz, Crozz and Compact I.D. in 2020, with the Vizzion sedan and Buzz retro-inspired van due in 2022.

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