LOS ANGELES – Buzz. Crozz. Buggy. VizziOne. And now Space Vizzion. No, I have not overdosed on the letter Z; those are the slightly crazy names of a series of not-at-all crazy electric ID concept cars from Volkswagen, the latest one just unveiled Tuesday night in Los Angeles. ID Space Vizzion is the latest installment in an electrification press from one of the world's largest car manufacturers, one that aims to sell 20 million electric cars worldwide in the next ten years.
The Volkswagen Group had little choice but to embrace electric drivelines in the wake of the diesel gate – the alternative would have failed to meet 2021 European CO2 regulations, which would result in billions of dollars in fines. Audi and Porsche, the two major premium brands in the group, got their battery EVs to market first. The first of these – the Audi e-tron – is mainly a stop gap, a Q8 with batteries and two electric motors instead of the usual internal combustion engines. Porsche Taycan had an extra year to gesture, and is all the better for it, a mostly clean sheet design that wowed anyone who has driven it.
Meanwhile, at VW (the brand, not the group), the engineers worked at MEB ( Modular E-Antriebs-Baukasten or Modular Electrification Toolkit), which it will use to build millions of BEVs over the next decade. VW has long embraced the use of modular architectures; the current MQB ( Modular Querbaukasten or Modular Transverse Toolkit) gives rise to such diverse cars as the VW Atlas and Audi TT-RS. And MEB should be even more flexible, as the various ID concept cars have shown.
Ignore ID Space Vizzion's Z overdose name and think of it instead as an electric Passat station wagon. It's a five-door, more practical development of 2018's ID Vizzion, even VW's take on an Passat electric sedan. But this one looks better because, as we all know, wagons> sedans. I'm also impressed with how aerodynamic it is – VW told me that Space Vizzion's drag coefficient is only 0.24, and so is conventional conventional mirrors.
Between the shafts is a 77 kWh battery pack. Add it to the body with little drag, and the result is at least 300 miles on the EPA test cycle or 590 km on the WLTP test, says VW. The rear wheels are powered by a 205 kW (275 hp), 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) engine, although it will be an option for four-wheel drive with a total power of 250 kW (335 hp).
The fact that VW is Talking about options on a concept car should give you the idea that this is one of the thinly disguised production car concepts instead of a "it is made entirely of clay and half of the stuff in it has not been invented. yet "kind of concept car. By 2022, Space Vizzion will be sold, probably with a slightly dull nose, almost certainly with a dull interior, and definitely with a smaller Z-filled name.
If you don't want to wait that long for an electric VW, the ID.3 hatchback is for sale in Europe, and next year here in the US we will get the ID.4 crossover (which will also be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, starting from 2022).
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