Volkswagen started deliveries of the VW ID.6 Crozz in China this week. Produced by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture, the battery-electric SUV is offered in five versions at prices starting at 239,800 yuan, around €31,500.
Like the ID.4, the all-electric MEB-based car with room for up to seven passengers is available in two versions. While the ID.6 Crozz comes off the production line at FAW Volkswagen in northern China, the ID.6 X is produced by SAIC Volkswagen in the south of the country. At the start, three power levels with 132, 150 and 225 kW and two battery sizes with a usable energy content of 58 and 77 kWh respectively will be offered.
Deliveries of the ID.6 X from SAIC Volkswagen began in June. The model achieved 500 sales in the first two weeks – as reported yesterday in the course of the half-year sales figures published by Volkswagen. Now the ID.6 Crozz from FAW Volkswagen follows. Yesterday’s report revealed that VW’s electric vehicle offensive in China is progressing more slowly than planned. As VW China boss Stephan Wöllenstein indicated, according to a report in the Handelsblatt, the chip shortage would have hit the group hard in China, especially in the second quarter. “Often you win with a platform strategy, but in times of a global chip shortage, it hurt us a little,” Wöllenstein said, according to the report. However, Volkswagen expects to see a significant acceleration in the third quarter “thanks to the expanded Volkswagen ID. Model family” to see a significant acceleration in BEV deliveries in China.
But back to the ID.6: like the ID.4 X and ID.4 Crozz, the two ID.6 offshoots differ in some design features. These are not only small changes to the light graphics. The headlights also result in changes to the sheet metal. The differences are greater at the rear: While the ID.6 Crozz has the number plate on the boot lid, the ID.6 X has it mounted at the bottom of the bumper – the taillights, boot lid, bumper, and the indicated underride protection have been adapted in each case.
According to VW, the ID.6 is the first model in the ID. Family to be developed specifically for one market. Specifically, VW claims to have tailored the concept of the 4.88-metre SUV “in terms of space, functionality, design and especially user experience specifically to the needs and wishes of Chinese customers”. The additional 30 centimetres compared to the ID.4 allow, among other things, the third row of seats. The second row of seats can also be adjusted longitudinally. In addition, a panoramic glass roof is available ex-works, and a panoramic sunroof is optional.
Volkswagen does not specify the range in WLTP but in the China NEDC, which is relevant for the sales market. The 58 kWh model has a range of up to 436 kilometres, with the large battery (and presumably the 150 kW rear-wheel drive) is up to 588 kilometres. A range for the all-wheel-drive version is not explicitly mentioned. However, the China NEDC ensures very high standard ranges, the deviation from everyday values is higher here than with the WLTP.