VW shows large e-SUV ID. Roomzz for launch in China
In the run-up to the Shanghai Auto Show, Volkswagen has presented a large all-electric SUV with three rows of seats called the ID. Roomzz – the latest member of its all-electric ID. family. The series version of the electric car will be launched in China from 2021.
Starting this week, visitors to the trade fair in Shanghai will be able to see the study for which Volkswagen has now released the following performance data: Two electric motors drive both axles of the ID. Roomzz with an output of 225 kW. The speed is capped at 180 km/h, and according to the manufacturer, the SUV can accelerate to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds. As far as the range is concerned, WLTP states that the SUV can reach up to 450 km. In addition, the model has a battery with 82 kWh capacity. The study can also be recharged to 80 per cent in just over half an hour using a rapid charging system with an output of 150 kW.
At the ID. Roomzz presentation, Volkswagen spoke about a “multivariable all-round model of the five-metre class” which, like all members of the ID. family will be based on the Group’s own MEB platform. The model is a “monolith, appearing to be seamlessly machined from one solid block,” said chief designer Klaus Bischoff. Sparing few words on the exterior of the vehicle, the carmaker went into much more detail about the interior concept of the electric car.
First of all, there are the configuration variables of the seating positions, which stems from the fact that Roomzz should be able to be largely driverless. If the driver switches to the fully automated “ID. pilot” mode, which combines future IQ. drive systems, the seats can be easily tilted to a lying position or 25 degrees inwards to create a lounge atmosphere on board, according to Volkswagen.
There is no instrument panel in the cockpit of this electric car. Volkswagen is aiming for a “digital cockpit” that includes an integrated steering wheel, consisting of a completely glass-covered panel. For the materials used in the interior, the manufacturer has explicitly relied on renewable raw materials.
Volkswagen has ambitious plans to satiate their current and future Chinese customers with electric cars. Within two years, Volkswagen plans to launch more than 30 new models with electric and plug-in hybrid drives on the Chinese market, half of which will be produced locally and the other half imported. The aim of the German company is to deliver around 400,000 electrified vehicles by 2020 and to increase this figure to 1.5 million by 2025.
In 2020, the first electric vehicles based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform will also come onto the market in China. These will be rolling off the assembly line at the German company’s joint venture plants in China, FAW-Volkswagen in Foshan, and SAIC-Volkswagen in Anting, near Shanghai.
Volkswagen is apparently considering the purchase of a large stake in their Chinese joint venture partner JAC. So far, it has been assumed that VW will rely primarily on its long-standing partnerships with FAW and SAIC for its China offensive. This has been evident, among other things, by the fact that Volkswagen’s MEB construction kit will only be made available to the joint ventures FAW-Volkswagen and SAIC Volkswagen, and not to JAC. There is a good chance that the balance of power will change if Volkswagen actually aims to acquire a large stake in JAC.