By now it is no secret that Volkswagen is working on a whole host of battery-electric vehicles. Today the company took a step further to turning their talking points into reality by confirming a production version of the I.D. Crozz Concept will find its way to U.S. dealerships in 2020.
Volkswagen confirmed plans for a production version of the concept ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. The confirmation means the I.D. Crozz production vehicle will be the first battery-electric VW built on the company’s new MEB platform to be sold in the U.S. Expect the production version to look similar to the concept version, which means a fastback-like greenhouse shape housed within a size similar to that of the Tiguan.
The I.D. Crozz Concept is laced with concept-specific goodies that aren’t likely to make it to production. It’s sliding rear doors and extravagant LED lights are not likely to be seen at VW dealerships in 2020. VW is confirming that I.D. Pilot, the concept’s traffic assist system, will find its way to production.
Of course, VW hasn’t confirmed much in the way of details when it comes to the Crozz’s production powertrain. If it follows the concept version, that means there will be two electric motors–one at each axle–powered by an 83-kWh battery pack. In the concept version, the primary power is coming from a 201 horsepower motor at the rear axle, while a 101 horsepower unit is at the front on an as-needed basis.
While the I.D. Crozz will be the first MEB-based Volkswagen EV to hit the market in the U.S., the one everyone is talking about is the Microbus-derived I.D. Buzz. Like the Crozz, the Buzz is also confirmed for production, but a year after the Crozz hits U.S. roads.