Volkswagen Shows Electric Wagon Concept

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Volkswagen debuted its seventh member of the ID. concept family at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the all-electric ID. Space Vizzion (pronounced “vision”).

  • The sleek wagon is built on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive (MEB) platform, which the company is developing to use in a range of new EVs.
  • VW says the platform can support either one rear-mounted, 275-horsepower electric motor or an all-wheel-drive version that adds a 101-hp motor to the front.
  • Although it’s just a concept, there’s a good chance we might see something like it in production, although probably with a slightly higher ride height, like a crossover.

The ID. Space Vizzion is a real head turner. Its elongated windshield, sleek lines and 22-inch aluminum-alloy wheels give it a powerful stance. Instead of conventional door handles, the concept has illuminated touch surfaces that light up when the car “recognizes” someone approaching with a mobile key on a smartphone. Volkswagen describes the ID. Space Vizzion as an SUV crossed with a sports car, but to us it just looks like a sporty wagon.

VW ID. Space Vizzion
The ID. Space Vizzion doesn’t have conventional door handles to improve its aerodynamics. (Photo: Volkswagen)

Sustainability comes standard

VW says it has focused on improving the sustainability of materials used in the ID. Space Vizzion. Rather than relying on leather, vinyl or plastics for the interior, designers and engineers created a new material to cover the seats, door trim and center console armrests, called “AppleSkin.” Made from residual matter from apple juice production, it has a nice tactile feel that is similar to leather but lower in polyurethane than vinyl.

One cool technology included in the ID. Space Vizzion is already coming to market in other VW products. “Smart Climate” allows a passenger to ask the car to change the climate control settings merely by saying commands, such as “warm feet” or “defrost the car windshield.” For those that find talking out loud to their car a little too weird, a touchscreen can be used instead.

VW ID. Space Vizzion
The interior of the ID. Space Vizzion uses more sustainable materials, including a new covering called AppleSkin. (Photo: Volkswagen)

Plenty of power and range

While the ID. Space Vizzion concept employs a rear-mounted, 275-horsepower electric motor, VW designed the platform to also accommodate a second motor for all-wheel-drive ride, boosting output to 335 hp. Equipped with an 82 kWH battery and a low drag coefficient of 0.24, the car is predicted to have a range of around 300 miles. VW says this will be good enough for the twin-motor version to zip from 0-60 miles per hour in just 5 seconds.

Although the ID. Space Vizzion is just a concept, Volkswagen says that it could eventually reach production for both the European and North American markets, as part of the company’s larger electrification strategy.

WHY THIS MATTERS

VW recently announced it is discontinuing its Golf wagon models in the U.S. after the 2019 model year, so there’s room for a replacement. But if something resembling the ID. Space Vizzion does come to our shores, expect it to look more like a crossover than this concept, with a higher ride height and more outdoorsy trim.


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