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Volkswagen reveals forthcoming luxury electric saloon

07 March 2018

Volkswagen has unveiled the fourth member of the electric I.D. family, the I.D. Vizzion concept, which is debuting this week at the Geneva Motor Show. But from the inside, the concept auto does not get any conventional controls. All-electric and driverless, the hatchback will be one of the first to be operated by voice and gesture controls only.

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Hinting that the latest Volkswagen concept, which uses a twin motor driveline similar to the I.D. Crozz and I.D. Buzz, is more than mere fantasy, Volkswagen says its latest concept mirrors how it imagines an electric powered luxury class model could appear in the future. The combination is said to deliver a top speed of 180 kilometres an hour and it has a claimed driving range of up to 665 kilometres when regenerative braking is factored in. Crozz SUV concepts, and I.D.

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Furthermore, this concept blends the real and virtual worlds through the use of Microsoft's HoloLens - which can project holograms with which occupants can interact with via gesture control.

With more I.D. cars on the road after 2030, they'll communicate with each to learn more about where they're driving. That works out to around 302 hp, so that would make the I.D. Vizzion reasonably quick, if not up to Tesla's Ludicrous Mode.

The company did quote a range of "up to 650 kilometers" (400 miles), though representatives added hastily that number was based on the European test cycle (meaning any U.S. EPA rating would be rather lower).

Other swanky features of the I.D Vizzion include matrix-LED headlamps and logo, suicide doors, trunks at the front and rear and seating for four persons. A virtual "host" knows the personal preferences of the vehicle guests and it adapts to each of them individually.

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"The I.D. Vizzion shows that we will not just be using uniform tin boxes in the electric, self-driving future", boss Herbert Diess said in a statement.

The exterior of the I.D. Vizzion concept sits at 203.3 inches long, 76.7 inches wide, and 59.3 inches tall (5.16 x 1.95 x 1.5 m).

The vehicle offers wireless charging, plug-in charging via Combined Charging System (CCS), as well as fast-charging stations or conventional electrical sockets.

Inside, a long centre console extends from the front passenger space to the rear.

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Like numerous company's concepts, especially at the high end, the ID Vizzion is equipped with all the hardware necessary for full self-driving capabilities as they are developed and put into production. "Although we are already thinking about the next step and that is full autonomous capability where the steering wheel will become superfluous".

Volkswagen reveals forthcoming luxury electric saloon