Volkswagen had first showcased the I.D. Crozz at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Expo. It is the first time that the German Automaker has showcased its future electric SUV in India. It is an EV crossover and has now also been showcased at the Indian Auto Expo 2020. Crossovers and SUVs are becoming the craze in India now and VW picked the right time to pitch its I.D. Crozz concept.
This EV will not be a mass-market product and will be mostly confined to the Tier 1 cities. Juergen Stackmann, a member of the board of management of sales, marketing and after-sales for Volkswagen India said that he will be sending out marketers to find out about a thousand potential customers who would be interested in the first electric EV to come out of this concept. They will be personally catering to these customers. Volkswagen has also confirmed that their first EV for India will be based on the I.D. Crozz.
The concept SUV is powered by a duo of motors powering all four wheels and is expected to produce a total of 297.8 bhp. Each axle will have a centrally mounted motor and the rear one is supposedly the main motor pumping out 198 bhp. The motor upfront will produce 99.6 bhp and it is a rear-biased car and will be fun to drive if it makes it to production in the same format. It uses the company’s modular MEB platform which is also used in the Audi e-Tron as well as other upcoming vehicles in the VW-group.
The EV will be built in Tennessee, the US and thus will be a CBU unit which will bump up the price.VW has not let out any details on the final product nor have they hinted on an imminent launch. The fruit of this concept will only come to light internationally in 2021 and expect it to reach Indian shores by the end of 2021.
It has a tall stance with a coupe-like roofline. The dual-tone colour helps its emphasis on the smooth lines and the border is highlighted in a shade of aluminium. There are no sharp lines and this concept also follows a recent design format that is taking shape in many new and revamped offerings from Volkswagen. Recent reports also suggest that the first iterations will also be available both as a coupe and a wagon, just like the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. The front fascia is devoid of a grille, but we get a full-LED lighting setup that joins across with the “VW” logo in between. The rear also follows a similar format with minimalism but the LED taillights don’t connect and the good old logo is positioned at the top centre. The splitters are souped upwards both at the front and rear and it is continued all around the border as plastic claddings.
Volkswagen has bumped up their EV shift after the infamous Dieselgate scandal and thus we can expect these concepts to transform into production models pretty soon. Volkswagen will discontinue their line-up of diesel vehicles for India for the time being after the BS6 emission norms deadline.