LOS ANGELES -- The concept battery-electric vehicle Volkswagen is introducing at the 2019 Los Angeles auto show, the wagon-shaped ID Space Vizzion, presages the design of what is likely to become the third EV under the ID family.
The ID Space Vizzion, engineered on VW's MEB modular electric platform, is equipped in concept form with a 275-hp rear-mounted motor and an 82-kWh battery pack that the brand says will give it a range of 590 km (367 miles) under Europe's WLTP tests and 483 km (300 miles) under the U.S. EPA tests.
A second 10-hp coaxial electric drive motor could be fitted to the front axle to provide on-demand all-wheel drive, VW says.
VW says the production version will be released in late 2021, and will come in different versions for North America, Europe and China.
The ID Space Vizzion picks up several design cues from earlier VW battery-electric concepts concepts, including interactive LED lighting elements that were incorporated into the production version of the ID3, the brand's first of what is expected to be a family of full-electric cars globally, which debuted in September at the Frankfurt auto show.
The concept also replaces traditional exterior door handles with an illuminated touch surfaces that light up as the driver or passenger approaches and opens the door with a touch.
Though it is a two-row vehicle in concept form, the ID Space Vizzion is capable of hosting a third row of seating.
Inside the cabin, much of the cockpit clutter has been removed in favor of what Volkswagen calls an augmented reality heads-up display, a 15.6-inch touchscreen that displays entertainment, comfort, online functions, and vehicle settings. A simplified shifter has been moved onto a stalk on the right side of the steering column in the all-digital cockpit.