Volkswagen’s push to be at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution continues with the company unveiling another concept car based on its modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform. The ID. Space Vizzion follows on the heels of the already revealed including the ID. Crozz, ID. Buzz, ID. Vizzion, ID. Buggy and ID. Roomzz.
The new ID. Space Vizzion has an 82kWH battery and a drag coefficient of just 0.24, a feature that no doubt helps it reach a claimed range of 590km on the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) cycle.
The EV is fitted with a rear-mounted, 205kW motor, but a second motor could be fitted to give all-wheel-drive capability and a total output of 265kW. The low drag coefficient is achieved by airflow apertures integrated into the front end. Air flows through a horizontal panel between the headlights and is directed to the rear over the low-slung bonnet. There is also airflow into the outer areas of the front bumper, from where it is directed to the rear, too.
The extra focus on the aerodynamics influenced the design of the vehicle’s side panels. There are no conventional door handles to interrupt the airflow. Instead, the Space Vizzion features illuminated touch surfaces which light up as soon as the car’s Keyless Advanced function detects someone approaching with a vehicle key or a synchronised mobile key (on a smartphone). When the person makes contact with the touch-activated surface, the light pulsates, the touch pad vibrates, and the door opens.
Even the wheels are part of the aerodynamic solution. The wheels, designed with five aero flaps in the style of a turbine, are flush with the wheel housings to avoid any interruption of the airflow.
Thanks to the compact dimensions of the MEB platform and with the battery integrated in the floor, there is plenty of interior space and the materials used on the inside include sustainable materials such as AppleSkin – an artificial leather containing an amount of residual material from apple juice production. Also, while it might like look chrome is used on the interior, it is actually a chrome-like paint finish.
State-of-the-art tech is everywhere, of course. The Space Vizzion has a a fully digitalised cockpit and, notably, all relevant driving information is shown in an Augmented Reality (AR) head-up display. Certain information such as navigation instructions are now shown only on the AR head-up display. VW says that augmented reality makes it possible to project navigation instructions onto the virtual space in front of the car. Pictograms such as a turning arrow can also be displayed in the visual field when the driver needs to make a turn.
There is also a mini display containing only basic driving information. All entertainment, comfort and online functions, as well as vehicle settings, are grouped together on a 15.6-inch touchscreen. The driver also receives key information intuitively from the ID. Light – an interactive light strip between the A-pillars. The traditional gear knob has gone, with the gears (D, B, R, N) and the park position (P) activated by an intuitive steering column switch.
The car’s boot lid can be opened electrically. The Easy Open sensor-controlled luggage compartment opener can be operated via a touch-activated surface on the boot lid itself or by moving your foot under the rear of the car.
VW says the Space Vizzion previews a potential production car for Europe and North America.