Geneva Motor Show 2018: Volkswagen unveils ID Vizzion concept


The sensors are not visible in the latest I.D. concept vehicle.

Volkswagen says that the I.D. Vizzion will be brought to production in 2022 with a more limited suite of capabilities, but the concept shown at Geneva is both a look at the physical appearance of the upcoming model and a dreamy look forward at the possibilities available in the near future. It's also endowed with artificial intelligence, which means it will be capable of learning.

Volkswagen is expected to place this luxury electric sedan on top of the I.D lineup.

The I.D. Vizzion is based on the new MEB (modular electrification toolkit) chassis and uses the drive system components of the All-New Electric Architecture - two motors, two gearboxes, the electronics that link everything together and high-voltage battery. There are only two real controls - a pair of rotary/push buttons, one located at the front, one intended for passengers in the rear.

The Vizzion drives itself, leaving the occupants to travel in style. All up, it is claimed to provide a range of up to 413 miles (664 km)- some 227 miles (365 km) more than today's eGolf, which receives a 204bhp electric motor and 48kWh lithium-ion battery. At 5,163mm in length, 1,947mm in width and 1,506mm in height, it is 16mm shorter but 39mm wider and 56mm higher than the long-wheelbase Phaeton, Volkswagen's long-running range-topping sedan that ceased production in 2016.

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It will be the largest vehicle in the Volkswagen ID range of battery-electric models, VW says, and will go into production by 2022.

The "intelligent chauffeur" will even load up your favourite position when you sit down with all four seats reclining. The boot volume is 565 liters.

Volkswagen revealed the I.D. Vizzion concept at the Geneva International Motor Show on Monday. Those can project symbols and displays in front of the vehicle - for example, "zebra stripes" of a pedestrian crossing. The large windows and glass roof let in lots of natural light, but folks can electronically darken the cabin when they want privacy. There is no steering wheel or other visible control in the car's cockpit. As a result, the interior is laid out like a lounge and not as a driver-focused space. Interaction is made possible through augmented reality, a HoloLens headset and an artificial intelligence system capable of both piloting the auto autonomously and catering to the needs of passengers. The vehicle would be aware of the owner - thanks to facial recognition - and thus would customize the seats, lighting, environmental controls and even select your video streaming service.

VW says a production model inspired by the I.D.

Meanwhile, created to show what a fully autonomous vehicle might be like, the cabin is extremely flexible.