LOS ANGELES -- The Volkswagen I.D. Crozz, a crossover about the size of the redesigned 2018 Tiguan, will feature an 83-kWh battery when it arrives in showrooms in 2020, kicking off the brand's electric blitz.
VW said Tuesday the I.D. Crozz will be powered by a pair of electric motors, one on each axle, with a combined output of 302 hp, and which can operate together or separately as conditions demand. Under normal driving conditions, the 201-hp motor on the rear axle drives the Crozz, but when added traction or acceleration is needed, the 101-hp motor attached to the front axle engages.
The I.D. Crozz, first shown as a concept at auto shows in Shanghai and Frankfurt this year, is making its U.S. debut at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show.
The I.D. Crozz uses dynamic LED lighting to display a personality. When the parked car is awakened by its owner, white VW logos at the front and rear light up, followed by a white line to the headlights, which follow with an eye-like display to welcome the driver.
The I.D. Crozz features rear sliding doors, similar to a minivan, along with front doors that open a full 90 degrees. The vehicle doesn't have a traditional B-pillar, and the result is sufficient space inside to carry a bicycle crossways behind the front row seats.
VW plans to install its I.D. Pilot automated driving system in the Crozz, though the brand doesn't plan to activate the service until 2025. The Crozz concept featured a retractable steering wheel, though it is unclear whether the feature will be incorporated in the version VW will offer to consumers.