Volkswagen AG says it will produce variants of a new ID.-badged electric crossover vehicle for China, North America and Europe when the EV is introduced in late 2021.
The car will be previewed by the ID. Space Vizzion concept model to be publicly unveiled later this month in conjunction with the Los Angeles auto show. Several other ID concepts also will be unveiled as part of VW’s “building an Electric Future” exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
VW describes the new concept as “a wagon of tomorrow” that combines the aerodynamic characteristics of a gran turismo with an SUV’s spaciousness. As with the upcoming ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 crossover, the Space Vizzion rides on the carmaker’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix platform.
Teaser images of the Space Vizzion show a sleek design—similar to last year’s ID. Vizzion sedan—with a muscular front end. The cockpit features a large center touchscreen and a host of sustainable materials, including an artificial leather containing residual matter from apple juice production.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
Lithium-ion batteries have become the technology of choice for EVs, and falling costs and rising energy levels could keep them on top for nearly two decades.
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.