The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - LIFE - I.D. CROZZ

No car gi­ant is pour­ing more money into elec­tric ve­hi­cles than the Volk­swa­gen group. With about $30 bil­lion ear­marked for de­vel­op­ment across its port­fo­lio of brands, which in­clude Audi, Porsche and Bent­ley, it ex­pects to of­fer 80 EV mod­els by 2025.

Of those, 23 will be wear­ing the Volk­swa­gen badge. Its first elec­tric fam­ily, called I.D., shares a newly de­vel­oped plat­form and will have zero-emis­sion ranges of up to 600km. To the de­light of en­thu­si­asts, one of those will be the I.D. Buzz, a mod­ern re­cre­ation of the Kombi pre­viewed in a re­cent con­cept. But two years be­fore that, in 2020, it will launch a Golf‑sized car that’s the core I.D. model plus a cross­over cousin called I.D. Crozz.

Pre­viewed early this year in Shang­hai, the I.D. Crozz seen at Frank­furt moves the con­cept closer to pro­duc­tion with de­sign changes front and rear. An SUV with dis­tinc­tive head­lights and the swoopy lines of a coupe, it fea­tures flex­i­ble cabin space, dig­i­tal in­stru­ments and doors that can be opened by voice com­mand. Two elec­tric mo­tors with 225kW of power mean a 180km/h top speed, 500km range and all-wheel drive. The bat­tery can be recharged to 80 per cent in 30 min­utes.

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