Just one year following the unveiling of the I.D. Buzz at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen AG is introducing the newest member of the I.D. family: I.D. Vizzion.
A number of teaser videos and reports have been uploaded to YouTube in anticipation of the debut, happening later this week. While much is being kept under wraps about the new I.D. Vizzion, here’s what we know so far.
I.D. Vizzion is a fully-electric, fully-autonomous operational concept car. Designed to be cleaner, safer and more comfortable, the car’s innovative technology is making mobility more accessible to those who are, at present, unable to drive.
According to a press release from Volkswagen AG, this premium class sedan features a digital chauffeur comprising assistance systems that control the car, rendering the steering and controls unnecessary. Instead, the vehicle is designed to navigate traffic while freeing up the driver to make better use of his or her time. Voice and gesture controls allow passengers to communicate with a virtual host who knows the personal preferences of each “guest” in the vehicle and can accommodate thanks to seamless integration with their entire digital ecosystem. What does that mean? Essentially, the I.D. Vizzion’s digital systems can access information from individual smartphones to leverage data such as music, contacts, messaging and even controls from smart home technologies, delivering the ultimate personal ride experience.
Currently, the I.D. Vizzion’s top speed is clocked at 180 km/h and features a range of 665 kilometers when regenerative braking is applied.
While this exciting new sedan remains a concept to date, we won’t be surprised if it comes to life in the next few years. As part of Volkswagen’s commitment to electrification, some 20 fully-electric models are scheduled to be introduced by the year 2025, globally. The first one is set to be released in 2020, and will be a fully-electric compact car.
The 88th Annual Geneva International Motor Show runs from March 8-18, 2018.