What Is the I.D Vizzion Concept?
At this years’ Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen took the covers off the striking I.D Vizzion concept to a crowd of intrigued onlookers.
At first glance, this concept may not look like the next generation electric car, however step inside and you’ll soon come to realise why Volkswagen are making the claims they are. What’s different about this concept to the other ones we normally see is that Volkswagen’s company boss, Herbert Diess, has announced the I.D Vizzion will be put in to production sometime between 2020 and 2022.
So what hides underneath the I.D Vizzion’s conservative shell you ask? We take an in-depth look below…
I.D Vizzion Concept: Tech and Powertrain
The I.D Vizzion flaunts a healthy 302 horsepower produced by two electric motors, one on each axle, with energy being sourced from a 111kWh battery pack that sits under the passenger cell, as with many other widely produced electric cars. The best thing about the dual axle motors is that they give the I.D Vizzion all-wheel drive and combine to produce a 225kW power output.
Volkswagen have claimed that the peak range of the I.D is rated at 413 miles and will still be able to reach 62mph in a reasonable 6.2 seconds. This is by no means supercar challenging in terms of performance but when you have no control of the cars trajectory, we can’t see this being too much of a concern for its passengers.
Due to it being a concept car and thus not yet being in production, the rapid development in battery technology means that these performance figures are likely to improve when Volkswagen begin to put this thing in to production!
I.D Vizzion Concept: Design and Features
Described by Volkswagen as an ‘Avant Garde premium class saloon’, the I.D Vizzion rides on enormous 24-inch wheels with a long, low and rakish stature, standing just 1.506mm tall. Its thin LED headlights that span across the whole of the front end accentuating its aggression and illuminating the Volkswagen badge. The lights continue to travel along the side of the car in places and then join up with the tail-lights, while the rear opening back doors are operated by an electronic key or even better by facial recognition.
Inside this oversized micro-chip, Volkswagen have said that level five autonomy is achieved using a combination of laser-scanners, ultrasonic sensors, radar sensors and cameras all of which are inter-connected to work in harmony. This means then that yes, there isn’t a steering wheel – in fact there are only really two things you have control over, a pair of rotary/push buttons, one in front and one in back. These are to be used to stop the vehicle, feed directional commands to the autonomous driving system, and last but by no means least – control the car’s audio system.
Almost all of the car’s functions can be controlled by artificial intelligence via an implemented virtual assistant and passengers will be able to tell the car where to go using voice or gesture control. Volkswagen describe their AI virtual assistant as a host that will learn more about their passengers the more they travel with them – a scary thought but also fascinating.
When Can We Expect It to Hit the Showrooms?
Despite Volkswagen launching their I.D brand next year, the I.D Vizzion will arrive three years from now with a steering wheel and pedals. A car with the same amount of AI and technology featured in the above is still a long way off and is more of a vision of what Volkswagen think cars will look like come the year 2030.
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