The latest from the Shanghai auto show


The vehicle can reach top speeds of 180 kilometers (112 miles) and at a range of 500 kilometers (311 miles) with just a single charge. "Production will begin in 2020".

While the Volkswagen ID Crozz concept reveal at the Shanghai Auto Show is not much more than a PR exercise, it would seem wrong to not at least do a basic rundown of the concept electric vehicle. "We are making electric mobility the new trademark of Volkswagen". It has a top speed of 112mph, and an electric range of 310 miles.

The first road-going electric VW riding on the MEB platform is slated to go on sale in 2020 and will be followed by a multitude of models previewed by these I.D. -badged concepts.

The Crozz is 4.62 metres long, 1.88m wide and 1.6m tall with a wheelbase of 2.77m. Rumors suggest that one more I.D. concept is still forthcoming, a sedan. CROZZ seeks to remove any CUV boxiness while retaining sportiness.

Inside, there's a lounge-like "Open Space" concept, with interior space freed up by the compact electric drivetrain and floor-mounted lithium-ion battery. (353 mm) lower than the I.D. Buzz.

The light show also includes the glass VW badges that light up in blue and white, as well as a fine line of light at the front that sweeps from the badge towards the headlights.

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The zero emission design of the I.D. (Paris, 2016) and I.D. Headlamps also "bend" into the direction of a turn.

The I.D. Crozz also delivers a glimpse into the production future of Volkswagen's self-driving technologies. Seating can be slid, swiveled, and folded to accommodate cargo or passengers, as needed.

VW's fantasy crossover EV also features a customized in-car climate "CleanAir" system to provide "air quality like that in the Himalayas" even if you a stuck in Shanghai traffic. CROZZ drives with autopilot.

The I.D. Crozz combines a four-door coup with an SUV. Buzz microbus we saw earlier this year in Detroit, the I.D. Crozz is the third battery-only, self-driving prototype introduced by Volkswagen in the past year-and-a-half.

At first glance, it's clear that Audi's Sportback is closer to a production version than this concept from VW. Clearly, the latter worked better than the former. No problem. Simply slide it crosswise into the rear seating area. This is because the I.D.

According to Volkswagen, the 18.2 cubic foot trunk acts as the post box for a new "delivery service" where "an agent is able to locate the auto by Global Positioning System and is granted temporary permission to open the trunk via an app". The vehicle's owner receives a notification when the trunk is accessed in this way. Activating the "I.D. Pilot" mode will automatically deploy the laser scanners in charge of analyzing everything around the vehicle. As with VW's other I.D. concepts, touching the VW badge at the center of the steering wheel causes it to retract into the dash, allowing for more space in the driver's compartment while the vehicle drives itself. Meanwhile, the interior ambient lighting shifts to a restful "magenta-violet" glow. Sensors in the rooftop extend while the CROZZ is in autonomous mode, adding more capability to the car's laser scanning abilities.