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According to Volkswagen, the I.D. Vizzion Concept will show the potential of its new range of I.D. models.
Set to make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next month, the Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion is an all-electric, self-driving concept featuring a futuristic interior and controls. The I.D. family of vehicles is Volkswagen’s largest model and innovative product campaign in its history, as the German automaker tries to move forward from its massive diesel scandal by investing into all-electric vehicles.
The I.D. Vizzion Concept is Volkswagen’s first autonomous driving vehicle and serves as the fourth member of the I.D. family. The sedan will show the direction Volkswagen is taking in the technology and design of its future vehicles.
There’s no steering wheel or visible controls inside the concept because it drives, steers, and navigates autonomously in traffic. Passengers can communicate with a virtual host through voice and gesture control. Eventually the virtual host will know the personal preferences of the vehicle guests, adapting to each of them individually.
Measuring almost 16.77 feet (5.11 meters) long, the I.D. Vizzion Concept’s all-electric powertrain generates a total system output of about 302 horsepower. Volkswagen says its top speed is 112 mph (180 km/h) and the 111 kWh lithium-ion battery provides a range of up to 413 miles (665 kilometers) when braking regeneration is factored in. That estimate is likely based on the more generous European test cycle. The two electric motors will offer drive to all four wheels.
The German automaker plans to introduce over 20 electric vehicle models by 2025, and starting in 2020, the I.D. will launch as an electric car in the compact segment, which will be followed by a new electric SUV (I.D. Crozz), and the I.D. Buzz microbus.