We get it, VW Group... you’re a fan of elec­tric SUVs

Three new SUVs re­vealed in China, and not a spark plug in sight

Top Gear (UK) - - THE TEN -

There’s a pat­tern go­ing on here, we just can’t quite put our fnger on it. Oh yes, crossovers are in, fos­sil fuels are out, or so says the VW Group, which re­vealed three EV SUVs si­mul­ta­ne­ously at the re­cent Shanghai mo­tor show.

“If it was ever pos­si­ble to make a 100 per cent cer­tain pre­dic­tion of what the future will look like, it is achieved here,” says VW de­sign boss Klaus Bischof of the I.D. Crozz Con­cept.

All three are based on the new scal­able MEB elec­tric-car plat­form. It’s a kind-of skate­board that con­tains the mo­tors and bat­ter­ies, free­ing up pas­sen­ger space and en­abling VW to stick ba­si­cally any body it likes on top of it – it just so hap­pens that it chose to do the same BMW X6-style coupe-SUV sil­hou­ette with three difer­ent badges, in three difer­ent colours. And can you really blame those guys? The VW Group has set it­self a tar­get of sell­ing a mil­lion pure-elec­tric cars a year by 2025 – this is how it plans to get there.

There are vary­ing power out­puts – 490bhp for the Audi (for a 0–62mph in the Porsche Cay­man S range) and a smidge over 300bhp for both the Skoda and the Volk­swa­gen. All three claim a range north of 300 miles on a sin­gle charge, and the Skoda and Volk­swa­gen talk about be­ing fully au­ton­o­mous; Audi is stick­ing to the per­for­mance claims for now. Sorry, Tesla, this is VW park­ing its tanks frmly on your front lawn.




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