The Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION is the latest of the brand’s fully electric show vehicles, and could make it to production.
- 275 horsepower with rear-wheel drive, 355 hp and AWD a possibility
- 82-kWh battery pack good for a driving range of 300 miles (480 km)
- Modern cockpit with augmented reality head-up display
Right before the Los Angeles auto show opened its doors, German brand Volkswagen showed off its latest concept vehicle in front of the media at the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION.
According to the company, this new concept offers “the aerodynamic design of a Gran Turismo with the spaciousness and versatility of an SUV.” It’s built on the MEB platform, an architecture dedicated to electric vehicles that will serve as the basis for the production Volkswagen ID.3 and soon-to-be-released ID.4.
It’s about the size of a mainstream midsize sport utility vehicle, although its roofline is significantly lower for a sportier profile. Touch surfaces that illuminate when we approach the vehicle open the doors, as there are no conventional handles for the sake of aerodynamics. The Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION’s drag coefficient is a claimed 0.24, which is excellent for an SUV.
The ID. SPACE VIZZION is equipped with a rear electric motor that develops 275 horsepower, but all-wheel drive can be added to the vehicle by installing a second motor up front, which would bring total output to 355 horsepower. Volkswagen claims the SPACE VIZZION can accelerate from 0 to 100 km in 5.0 seconds, while the 82-kWh battery pack should be good for a driving range estimated at 300 miles (480 kilometres) on the EPA cycle.
The vehicle’s cockpit is resolutely modern, with an augmented reality head-up display that replaces the conventional driver instrument panel. What seems to be a hovering 15.6-inch touchscreen rounds up all the relevant information for the drive, including entertainment, comfort, online functions and other vehicle settings.
The concept is equipped with two individual rear seats, but the company points out that an eventual production version of the Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION could easily be equipped with a three-passenger bench seat. Cargo space is rated at 586 litres with all seats occupied.
There are no plans to produce the Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION for now, but if it gets green-lighted for Canada, we’ll assume it could arrive in late 2020 or in 2021.