Volkswagen Officially Unveils its First-Ever Electric Station Wagon: The I.D. Space Vizzion
【Summary】Volkswagen Group officially unveiled its first-ever electric station wagon concept at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The first electric I.D. prototype vehicle from German automaker Volkswagen Group was unveiled almost four years ago in Paris. Now the automaker officially unveiled its first-ever electric station wagon concept at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The futuristic looking electric station wagon is called the I.D. Space Vizzion and it's the latest EV concept to join Volkswagens' aggressively expanding electric vehicle portfolio.
The Volkswagen I.D. Space Vizzion is based on the group's MEB modular vehicle architecture. The fact that Vokswagen built a station wagon on the platform further highlights the versatility of the platform.
Volkswagen said that its MEB platform could become the foundation for 10 million electric vehicles the automaker plans to build over the next five years.
As of yet, the I.D. Space Vizzion is only a concept, but VW has confirmed that it will soon unveil a production-spec version of the electric station wagon.
According to Volkswagen, the production version I.D. Space Vizzion will get an EPA estimated 300-mile driving range. The electric wagon will be powered by an 82 kWh battery pack offering two different powertrain options.
The standard model will come equipped with a single electric motor setup. This electric drivetrain will churn out 275 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of peak torque.
A more expensive 4Motion variant of theSpace Vizzion will come with a dual-motor setup which will produce a combined power output of 355 hp.
We expect that the 4Motion variants of the Space Vizzion will take about 5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph and the top speed will be limited to 109 mph. Other than the range of Space Vizzion, the specifications of the electric wagon are quite similar to those of the Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV.
The electric wagon's extended range is further improved by its aerodynamic body, which has an impressive drag coefficient of 0.24.
The body of VW I.D. Space Vizzion features short overhangs and a long wheelbase. The concept showcased at the LA Auto Show this week was riding on massive 22-inch alloy wheels that featured a floral design, hinting at the electric vehicle's environmental friendliness.
Like the newly unveiled Ford Mach E electric crossover, the Space Vizzion also gets rid of traditional door handles which VW claims makes the electric wagon more aerodynamic. When the driver approaches the car, a small touchpad lights up, which when tapped opens the door.
Inside the space-age cabin of I.D. Space Vizzion, we find a large 15.6-inch touchscreen and another smaller display located behind the steering wheel.
VW also confirmed that Space Vizzion will also get an augmented reality feature that will project vital driving information onto the windshield.
The materials used inside the cabin is "vegan leather", which has been aptly dubbed "AppleSkin" as it is made out of apple pulp leftover from apple juice production.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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