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Volkswagen ID Vizzion previews autonomous electric luxury sedan

22nd Feb 2018 6:00 am

Official sketches released show no controls on the inside, making the autonomous technology the highlight of the concept.

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Volkswagen has revealed the ID Vizzion in a series of sketches ahead of the car’s official appearance at the Geneva motor show in March. The sedan – a follow-up concept to the ID hatchback, ID Crozz SUV and ID Buzz Microbus concepts – shows another prong of VW’s electric assault post-Dieselgate.

Power is claimed to be 301hp and the car maxes out at 180kph. A 111kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides a range of up to 665 miles, combined with the effect of the car’s regenerative braking. Front and rear motors power all four wheels.

It’s around 5,110mm long – the same length as a standard-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S-class; although VW bills the ID Vizzion as a premium sedan. This means that the eventual production car will be a follow-up to the ill-fated Phaeton.

It’s the first model in the ID range to go without driver controls – the interior has four seats, with no pedals, steering wheel or infotainment for the driver or front-seat passenger. Making this the first fully autonomous model VW has shown. A nod to those who can’t drive, such as children, further confirms the car’s Level 5 autonomy (translation: no driver input is required, at any time).

Instead of a traditional infotainment set-up, the ID Vizzion has a voice and gesture-controlled ‘host’, presumably with displays incorporated into the windows rather than separate screens.

VW recently confirmed that the ID hatch will enter production in late 2019, while the ID Crozz will launch the following year. By 2025, there’ll be more than 20 EVs in the VW line-up, with one million annual EV sales targeted.

Also see:

All-electric Volkswagen Beetle with RWD under evaluation

Volkswagen ID range to offer over-the-air technology updates

Volkswagen ID Crozz concept walkaround video

VW’s Microbus-inspired ID Buzz to launch by 2022

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