Volkswagen has announced that it will be launching a range of completely new electric vehicles in the near future, with the first concept already set to make its premiere next week.
The crossover concept, which is also is the brand’s first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV), will be revealed at the Auto Shanghai 2017 on 19 April.
After the premieres of the I.D Concept in 2016 and the I.D. BUZZ earlier this year, the upcoming concept (a four-door coupé and sport utility vehicle (SUV) in one) will be the third progressive member of the I.D. family – a new generation of zero emission vehicle with a long range and a charismatic electric mobility design.
According to Volkswagen, the I.D CUV was conceptualised as a sporty, interactively designed zero-emission all-rounder with electric all-wheel drive system.
Like the I.D. and I.D. BUZZ, this concept car can also drive fully autonomously. All it takes is a light push on the VW badge on the steering wheel to activate this autonomous mode.
The steering wheel retracts electrically into the cockpit where it forms a single unit with the displays and controls that have been implemented fully digitally.
The electric vehicle recognises its surroundings and other road users via laser scanners, ultrasonic and radar sensors and cameras.
Volkswagen has set the clearly defined goal of advancing electric drive vehicles from the status of a start-up niche to large-scale production models by the middle of the next decade in a worldwide product offensive.
The concept car that is now making its debut in Shanghai illustrates just how multifaceted the range of these future Volkswagen electric models will be in the year 2020.