Previewing the fourth model from a series of five I.D. production models, the four-wheel drive I.D. Vizzion has been conceived to sit at the very top of the German auto maker's line-up. Beyond its sleek styling that looks similar to the I.D. Crozz, the I.D. Vizzion is VW's first concept to feature level 5 autonomous driving capability. The windows can also be electro-chemically darkened so the occupants can watch a film or go to sleep.
The ID Vizzion, which shows the concept of a next-generation Volkswagen premium saloon, has been fully revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. In order for AI to work, the program has to be able to draw its own conclusions autonomously, states V-Dub, and that's basically their vision for the I.D. Vizzion.
There's no firm launch date for the production version of the I.D. Vizzion concept, though Volkswagen does say in its release that its new show vehicle is a vision "of what may be possible by the year 2030" - meaning the launch of a fully-autonomous sedan likely hinges on the development of technology and legislation during the next decade. Indeed, because the batteries and key electric drivetrain components are mounted under the load floor, the Vizzion offers even more cabin space than its exterior would suggest.
The interior very much looks into the future as there are no conventional controls to be seen. In concept form, at least, it drops the B-pillars between front and rear doors to make it easier to climb in and out of its spacious interior.
The Vizzion Concept features an assortment of displays and other in-vehicle technologies.
Unlike the other concepts, there's no steering wheel or pedals in the I.D. Vizzion.
Given the major emphasis on full autonomy, the cabin has had quite a bit of attention lavished upon it by the designers. It's also endowed with artificial intelligence, which means it will be capable of learning.
The I.D. Vizzion also has a 111 kWh lithium-ion battery and a two-motor, all-wheel drive system that packs 302 horsepower and has a range of 413 miles per charge under the European testing system (which can produce inflated results).
If VW holds to its current schedule, it will launch the base I.D. hatchback in 2020, followed the next year by the I.D. Crozz SUV and I.D. Buzz microbus.
In the case of the Vizzion, the MEB features a dual motor design with a 200 HP equivalent one on the rear axle and a 100 HP version on the front for over 300 HP combined.
While you might think VW would take the easy route out, and deliver a production I.D. The company hopes to be selling 1 million electric vehicles through I.D. and its more mainstream line-up by 2025.