In the coming years, both established car companies and new players will release a range of electric SUVs to take on Tesla’s Model X. While Tesla has a lead, many manufacturers are accelerating their efforts towards electrification.
From the Audi e-tron to the Jaguar I-Pace to the Mercedes EQC, to the Byton M-Byte, there are a lot of interesting alternatives coming soon. On a similar note, Volkswagen which opened the doors for its pure electric line-up ID a couple of years ago, has now teased the new ID Roomzz concept that will face off with the Tesla Model X.
The full-size full-electric SUV in its production form will feature three rows and seven seats that will first find its way in China by 2021, VW said in a statement. VW CEO Herbert Diess said the production ID Roomzz will be the flagship EV to be launched by Volkswagen in China.
The production-ready ID Roomzz will have the VW-first Level 4 autonomous tech.
“We plan to produce more than 22 million electric cars in the next 10 years,” Diess said, adding that around half of VW’s engineers were working on products destined for China.
Making things a bit more interesting is the VW-first Level 4 autonomous tech which will be seen in the production variant. To start the self-driving mode, the driver presses on a VW logo on the steering wheel for at least five seconds. The step shifts the steering wheel to an off position to provide more space in the cockpit area.
Each seat can be rotated 25 degrees inwards to enable more communication between passengers and driver. The seats can also be reclines when the car is in autonomous mode.
The ID Roomzz is powered by an 82-kilowatt-hour battery that can be recharged wirelessly. Its range on a single charge is 450 km under Europe’s new WLTP test cycle.
Each seat in the ID Roomzz can be rotated 25 degrees inwards to enable more communication between passengers and driver.
A 150-kilowatt electric motor in the rear provides most of the propulsion. Combined with a smaller 75 kW motor, it can be driven with permanent all-wheel drive. The production version will be based on VW’s scalable MEB platform and will be the second electric crossover concept from the brand after the smaller Crozz that debuted two years ago in Shanghai.
VW brand’s head of e-mobility, Thomas Ulbrich, said the carmaker will start ramping up production of 33 EVs by mid-2023, using the MEB platform to build EVs under the Skoda, Seat, Audi and VW brands.
Ulbrich said VW Group is converting 16 factories worldwide to enable mass production of EVs, of which eight plants will be making VW branded vehicles.