VW Reveals Fully-Electric Flagship SUV Concept for the China Market
【Summary】Volkswagen unveiled its new concept SUV called the ID ROOMZZ in Shanghai this week ahead of Auto Shanghai 2019, which opens to the public on Thursday. The fully-electric SUV will join VW’s ID brand and become a flagship model for Volkswagen in China when it goes on sale in 2021.
Volkswagen unveiled its new concept SUV called the ID ROOMZZ in Shanghai this week ahead of Auto Shanghai 2019, which opens to the public on Thursday. The fully-electric SUV will join VW's ID brand and become a flagship model for Volkswagen in China when it goes on sale in 2021.
VW said its ID ROOMZZ SUV will have three rows of seats and an operating range of up to 280 miles (450 km). The concept car is capable of a "level 4 autonomous driving", VW said, adding that the ROOMZZ can navigate autonomously through the traffic in "ID Pilot mode."
"This SUV is a monolith, appearing to be seamlessly machined from one solid block. The battery-powered ID. ROOMZZ moves effortlessly – silently and without emissions", says Klaus Bischoff, chief designer at the Volkswagen brand.
"We plan to produce more than 22 million electric cars in the next 10 years," said VW CEO Herbert Diess. Diess said that about half of VW's engineers are working on electric vehicles destined for China.
The ID. ROOMZZ is not fitted with a conventional dash panel. The dashboard and digital cockpit consists of a full glass-front panel. In the manual "ID. Drive" mode, the digital cockpit along with the steering wheel appears to hover in front of the driver. The steering wheel retracts out of the way when the vehicle is in autonomous mode.
The materials used in the interior are also unique. The seat covers, for example, are made of AppleSkin, a bio-based vegan leather material that's made from organic apples. Specially processed wooden veneers are also used in the "ID. Light" areas of the door panels. It resembles the wood trim interior of the Tesla Model 3.
The completely new variable interior concept can be customized. Various seating configurations can be adapted not only to passengers' personal wishes, but also to the respective driving mode.
When the driver switches to fully automatic driving mode, the individual seats can be rotated inward by 25 degrees to enable a more communicative, lounge-like atmosphere on board.
A "Pilot Relax" mode allows each passenger to adjust their seat individually to suit their needs. In this mode, the seat can be moved from an upright to a reclined position.
With its 82-kWh battery, the ID. ROOMZZ boasts a New European Driving Cycle Range (NEDC) range of up to 475 km. the concept car can be recharged to 80 percent of its capacity in about 30 minutes via a fast charging system with 150 kW (DC).
The ID ROOMZZ has dual electric motors, which can continuously drive both axles. The ID ROOMZZ can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds. Top speed is electronically regulated to 112 mph (180 km/h).
Volkswagen also announced this week that it will combine its R&D operations in China with its premium brand Audi.
Thomas Ulbrich, VW's head of e-mobility, said the carmaker will start ramping up production of 33 electric cars by mid-2023, using VW Group's modular electric car (MEB) platform to build electric cars under the Skoda, Seat, Audi and VW nameplates.
Ulbrich said VW Group is converting 16 factories worldwide to enable mass production of electric vehicles, of which eight plants will be making VW branded cars.
Diess said the ID ROOMZ will eventually be rolled out to other markets.
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