Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ Concept Debuts in Shanghai

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However, if you're slogging along in Shanghai (or L.A. or Houston or Atlanta) traffic, the driver has the choice of activating full autonomous driving mode, or "I.D".

The latest in Volkswagen's I.D. series of futuristic electric vehicles has been unveiled in Shanghai.

The German automaker was slow to develop fully electric cars and has been prone to engineering excesses and bloated costs, which are still evident in weak profit margins at the namesake brand. CROZZ concept dimensions of 182.1 in (4.6 m) long, 74.4 in (1.9 m) wide, and 63.3 in (1.6 m) high. "The I.D. Crozz will play a key role in that and production will start in 2020".

Production of the I.D. Crozz is expected to begin in 2020, with the four-door auto offering not just low emissions but autonomous driving, too.

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Sitting in the vehicle floor is an 83-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that VW says delivers a range of 311 miles on the European cycle.

In the wake of its diesel emissions scandal, VW announced past year it's phasing out up to 40 vehicle models. Dubbed MEB by Volkswagen, it is the group's third pure battery-electric auto architecture, along with Porsche's Mission E and an electric SUV to sit on the J1 architecture, and Audi's standalone layout called C-BEV. However, when you strip away the fluff, you're left with a capable and spacious small crossover that offers enough electric range to put your range anxiety to ease.

Commenting about the concept, VW chairman Herbert Diess said "If it was ever possible to make a one hundred per cent certain prediction of what the future will look like, it is achieved here".

What's new on the Volkswagen ID Crozz concept? The new electric concept auto is expected to play a major role in Volkswagen's goal of boosting annual sales of electric vehicles to one million units by 2025.

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And noteworthy for China's notorious air pollution: VW claims that thanks to the cabin's CleanAir system, "I.D".

The dashboard houses a multifunctional steering wheel, 10.2-inch infotainment tablet, 5.8-inch active info display, door panel controls and an augmented reality head-up display.

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"A carpet of light produced by LED strips then glides across the roof liner, thus brightening up the interior".

A total of 507,000 electric cars, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell cars were sold in China in 2016, a 53 percent surge year-on-year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. A Volkswagen User-ID on a smart device lets owners store various settings, such as climate preferences and typical drive routes for navigation.

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"China is fast, vigorous, innovative and the global lead market for e-mobility", Matthias Müller, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, told some 500 guests at the Group Media Night in Shanghai.

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