Here's your first look at the Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion
With the unveiling of the Tesla Cybertruck and the Mustang Mach-E, this Volkswagen hasn't had any light. In fact, you probably never knew this thing existed. Take a look at the Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion, an electric crossover with an unfinished bottom lip.
So I guess it's fair to start off by asking: how did this car come about? Volkswagen says that this car is a preview to a production car coming to America, which doesn't surprise me at all. You first look at it and it looks like a crazy futuristic robot that will do everything for you. But take a second look, and you notice that it's not crazily futuristic. It looks very much like a car that could make production within a year or so. But of course, this is a concept, and there has to be some exciting features, so let's dig right in.
Feature 1: It's Electric
As per the usual, this concept is electric. To accommodate this, Volkswagen has gone to great lengths to maximize range in the Vizzion. The wheels are 22 inches to diminish air disruption. There's a weird front end and a spoiler at the rear that helps air glide across the car more easily. But, perhaps most surprisingly, Volkswagen went to the extent to use and create new surfaces (I know, very specific) that further help air sail over the air without disturbance.
Feature 2: The Haptic Door Handles
This is one of my personal favorites: this car doesn't have door handles. And I don't mean the car has a hidden latch like a McLaren, and I don't mean it has handles that are flush with the bodywork like a Tesla, I mean it doesn't have ANY door handles. And this point you are asking how, and the answer is lights and haptic feedback. Once the car detects you, the handles light up to acknowledge you, and when you tap the handles, the handle will give you haptic feedback, and you may then enter the vehicle. The result is this: a 0.24 coefficient of drag.
Feature 3: We even have the performance figures!
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that Volkswagen released all the performance figures for this car, and they go as followed: 275 horsepower that comes from an 82 kW battery pack. This power is delivered to the rear wheels. There's also a 101 horsepower motor in the front that powers the front wheels. All of this translating to a combined output of 335 horsepower all-wheel-drive capability and a mediocre 0-60 in 5 seconds. Volkswagen says that the Vizzion will have 300 miles of range, which is also mediocre; not amazing but not terrible, just very average in the world of electric cars.
Feature 4: The Interior
The interior of the Vizzion is astonishing. It's the perfect compromise between futuristic and what we are used to today. It has a huge screen, but it still has a center console. It has a crazy steering wheel but it still has a gauge cluster in front of it. It's just a perfect mashup between the present and future.
The technology within the interior is also astonishing. The screen is 15.6 inches, which is pretty big. Instead of displaying all the driver information in the gauge cluster, most of the information is displayed in the heads up display, therefore keeping the driver's eyes and focus on the road. The seats (and a few other pieces of interior trim) use the byproduct of apple-juice, a material Volkswagen calls AppleSkinTM. The purpose of this pompous-sounding material is to eliminate leather while still creating a material that feels like the all so familiar material.
Feature 4: The Gallery
I like the idea of the Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion. I appreciate that there's a concept that truly looks close to production. What do you think? Check out the poll and write your thoughts in the comments below.