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VW reveals plans for all-electric SUV


Volkswagen has revealed plans to initially launch the ID. Roomzz in China from 2021. It’s described as a flagship zero-emission, all-electric SUV. Unfortunately, it is very unlikely to come to Europe after market launch in China, according to the German carmaker’s marketing and sales boss.

However, Volkswagen Ireland says that will introduce its new fully electric I.D. range of cars over the coming years, starting with the launch of the compact I.D. in 2020. The range will also include the I.D Buzz campervan and the I.D. Crozz crossover SUV.

Back to the ID. Roomzz’s bodywork design follows the clear, homogeneous lines of the rest of the ID. family, combining future IQ. Drive systems. It offers Level 4 autonomous driving meaning it can drive itself in most situations.

The completely new variable interior concept can be individualised to a great extent. 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”.

The ID. Roomzz is not fitted with a conventional dash panel. In the manual “ID. Drive” mode, the digital cockpit along with the steering wheel appears to hover in front of the driver. The digital cockpit consists of a full glass-front panel. The digitalised steering wheel has been conceptually integrated into the panel.

The materials used in the interior are also unusual. The seat covers, for example, are made of AppleSkin – a new product that consists of a renewable raw material. Specially processed wooden veneers are also used in the “ID. Light” areas of the door panels. The CleanAir system uses an active filter system to ensure that the air in the vehicle interior remains clean even if the ambient air isn’t.

With its 82-kWh battery, the ID. Roomzz has a range of up to 450 km before the battery has to be recharged. In about half an hour, VW says the concept car can be recharged to 80 per cent of its capacity via a fast charging system with 150 kW (DC).

Two electric motors can continuously drive both axles with a system output of 225 KW / 306 PS (electric 4Motion) . The ID. Roomzz can accelerate to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds and reach top speeds of up to 180 km/h (electronically regulated). As is the case with all E-cars, the maximum torque is available from the very start.

The ID. Roomzz is being presented to the public at Auto Shanghai 2019 (April 18-26).