Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Volkswagen ID Vizzion Concept: VW's electric flagship bows

Volkswagen ID Vizzion Concept: VW's electric flagship bows

As well as driving itself and tailoring ventilation, media and lighting to match pre-programmed profiles, the I.D Vizzion also has the ability to ask its passengers if they would like to stop at a cafe or order drinks to go, while automatically paying for it.

The Vizzion will have a complicated artificial intelligence system that learns about new situations on the fly. The 111 kWh lithium-ion batteries available on-board enable a driving range of up to a claimed 665km when braking regeneration is factored in. The company hopes to be selling 1 million electric vehicles through I.D. and its more mainstream line-up by 2025. VW says it will have a range of 413 miles on the European cycle.

Computer simulations carried out by Volkswagen point to a 0-100kph time of 6.3sec, and the German carmaker also provides a theoretical (limited) top speed of 180kph.

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show has started and Volkswagen is among the first automobile manufacturers to start showcasing their upcoming offerings.

The concept is 5,163-mm long, 1,947-mm wide, and 1,506-mm high, with a generous 3,100-mm wheelbase.

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Gesture and voice control is used to operate the vehicle, as there is no dash panel. The boot volume is 565 liters. Indeed, because the batteries and key electric drivetrain components are mounted under the load floor, the Vizzion offers even more cabin space than its exterior would suggest. That works out to around 302 hp, so that would make the I.D. Vizzion reasonably quick, if not up to Tesla's Ludicrous Mode. It has been positioned as a luxury vehicle and thus mimics the Areton in terms of design, but it has the minimalist face seen in the other I.D models.

It will be the largest auto in the Volkswagen ID range of battery-electric models, VW says, and will go into production by 2022. Getting in and out should be easy - there are no B pillars - and the lounge-like interior features a noise cancelling system to filter out road noise. The car's communications technology is a virtual assistant capable of learning and responding empathically.

The interior very much looks into the future as there are no conventional controls to be seen.

Speaking about Level Autonomy, VW mentions that the system will make use of laser scanners, ultrasonic sensors and also radar sensors for objects placed in the close vicinity and the ones placed far away.

VW says a production model inspired by the I.D.

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