Volkswagen is showing a crossover concept vehicle at Auto Shanghai 2017. The concept is the brand's first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV) – a four-door coupé and sport utility vehicle (SUV) in one.
After the premieres of the ID (Paris, 2016) and ID Buzz (Detroit, 2017), this concept car follows as the third progressive member of the ID family – a new generation of zero emission vehicle with a long range.
The CUV of the ID family was conceptualised as a sporty, interactively designed zero-emission all-rounder – with electric all-wheel drive suitable for an urban environment or rough terrain. A long driving range on the same level of the range of today's petrol powered cars makes it suitable for long trips.
Like the ID and ID Buzz, this concept car can also drive fully autonomously. A push on the VW badge on the steering wheel activates 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 how multifaceted the range of these future Volkswagen electric models will be in the year 2020.