The big centerpiece for this year’s Geneva Motor Show of Volkswagen is the I.D. Vizzion, the latest in its I.D. EV lineup and the car that’s developed to head the pack as a premium offering. Volkswagen talks a lot about the Vizzion’s future-concentrated design and features yesterday during a special pre-show press reporting, but on Tuesday it also detailed some more realistic near-term goals for the Vizzion, including a target 2022 production date.
According to Volkswagen, the sedan, which constitutes ample interior space with a Passat-style exterior footprint, will gradually appear in a version where there is no physical steering wheel or pedals. But the 2022 version will feature a detailed traditional cockpit since Level 5 autonomy in the way envisioned by VW in its concept video for this car likely isn’t available til 2030.
The Vizzion is a pretty stunning and contemporary sedan with respect to design, however, so it makes sense that the company would be made avialable on the street before full autonomy and a fully control-free cockpit is a practical reality. The car just plain appears like something you want to drive right now, and something to draw the eye of any potential Tesla Model X buyers.
It’s dependent on Volkswagen’s modular MEB platform, which will give the foundation for all of its I.D. lineup, including the Buzz microbus and the Crozz. The MEB is also the future of electric cars from other brands in the Volkswagen Group, like Skokda, which is also boasting some of its future EV designs at Geneva. Central to the MEB is the flat, under floor ‘skateboard deck’-style battery, which can be combined with a variety of drive options.
In the case of the Vizzion, the MEB features a dual motor design with a 200 HP identical one on the rear axle and a 100 HP version on the front for over 300 HP combined. It’s definitely a car that looks like it would attract drivers in the family way who also want to have a good time when on the road.
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