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Geneva Motor Show 2018: Volkswagen ID Vizzion Autonomous Car Revealed

Geneva Motor Show 2018: Volkswagen ID Vizzion Autonomous Car Revealed

We know that VW is planning more electric cars, so it's expected that the I.D. Vizzion is a preview of an electric sedan.

Despite the sci-fi connotations, Volkswagen is adamant that the I.D Vizzion is a realistic concept.

The concept also features the next generation of electric engines, promising a range of over 400 miles. Previewed last month, and making its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 this week, the I.D.

The ID Crozz is meant to be luxurious, and VW promises it will be equipped with the necessary hardware to provide full self-driving abilities as those roll out.

There's no firm launch date for the production version of the I.D. Vizzion concept, though Volkswagen does say in its release that its new show auto is a vision "of what may be possible by the year 2030" - meaning the launch of a fully-autonomous sedan likely hinges on the development of technology and legislation during the next decade. That will create more space for passengers, VW says. VW wanted to point out that just because we may not be driving our cars in the future, doesn't mean we'll be forced to stop caring what they look like.

With its focus on fully autonomous driving, VW's designers put their major emphasis on the Vizzion's cabin.

Geneva Motor Show 2018: Volkswagen ID Vizzion Autonomous Car Revealed
Geneva Motor Show 2018: Volkswagen ID Vizzion Autonomous Car Revealed

Whether the B-pillarless design makes it into production is uncertain, as it poses significant challenges for meeting crash safety standards.

The I.D. VIZZION has a fluid shape, with design highlights including the low central part of the bonnet, suicide doors, bulged wings, 24-inch aero wheels, the rear windscreen which acts both as a third brake light and huge OLED display, and the HD Matrix headlights.

The electric powertrain comprises of twin-motors and a 111kW lithium-ion battery, placed under the vehicle floor.

The interior of the I.D. Vizzion concept features four captain seat and thick carpeting. While VW doesn't seem interested in potential 0 to 60 times, they did mention that the concept's anticipated range is 413 miles (664 km) on the European cycle.

The battery powers a 75 kW motor on the front axle, a 150 kW motor driving the rear wheels. But while the automaker isn't revealing its plans, sibling Porsche brand last week revealed its Mission E electric sports vehicle will be able to use new Level 4 charging systems yielding more than 200 miles in range in less than 30 minutes. It has been tailored to the requirements of the I.D. Vizzion with a wheelbase of 3100mm - some 199mm shorter than that of the I.D. Buzz.

The nearly entirely sealed grille indicates the presence of an electric powertrain, as is case for all the I.D. line of cars.





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