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Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept Debuts: Geneva Auto Show


author photo by Russ Heaps March 2018

What Is It?

The latest member of the fully electric I.D. family, the Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion took center stage in Geneva. It joins previously unwrapped I.D. models, including a compact sedan, a crossover and a microbus. Along with unveiling the I.D. Vizzion, VW confirmed it will deliver a production version to showrooms sometime between 2020 and 2022 -- but whatever form that production model takes will be far different from the concept.

The car shown in Geneva is a Level 5 autonomous vehicle. It has neither a steering wheel nor pedals. In fact, it has precious few controls at all, because it will be operated by voice and gesture commands. It will have adaptive artificial intelligence (A.I.) that will not only sharpen its driving skills through real-world experience but also learn about its drivers' habits and preferences through biometrics. Yep, it's all very Star Trek.

What we could see in the promised production version is the dual electric-motor setup that conspires to deliver 302 horsepower. One motor will spin the front wheels and another the rear, each through its own transmission. When fully charged, VW claims its lithium-ion battery will store enough juice to propel the I.D. Vizzion for up to 400 miles. Take that, Tesla.

A first for Volkswagen, the front lighting system consists of HD Matrix lights containing 8,000 light pixels. Eventually, these dots of light will be used to project information to surrounding traffic and pedestrians, as well as automatically adjust brightness and range for the current environment.

Will They Ever Sell It?

In a word, yes. Despite Volkswagen accompanying the I.D. Vizzion's unveiling with the caveat that the concept as shown is VW's vision for 2030, it will put some form if the I.D. Vizzion into production in the next 4 years.

Why It's Important

No question that the Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion is a look at where VW is headed. It embraces not only electric as the fuel of tomorrow, but also recognizes driverless vehicles as transportation's future. I.D. Vizzion does exactly what a concept should: It opens a window to what's coming.

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