Many manufacturers are beginning their fight for electric supremacy, a battle which is primarily dominated by Tesla currently. Volkswagen has previously stated its intentions to take on the king directly by readying a series of electric vehicles under the I.D. concept family. Part of that fight might be fought with the Crozz EV concept which, once it enters production, will apparently be coming to the United States, according to Autoblog.
The first vehicle to be built and released on the Volkswagen MEB modular electric platform will be the I.D. Slated for a release in 2020—the year that many manufacturers appear to be aiming for. By that time though, this long-range EV will be VW's late entry to an already booming game. Within a year, the Crozz is expected to make its debut onto American soil, something which was previously believed to be reserved for the Chinese and European markets only.
Described as a "smartphone on wheels," the Crozz may rival the Model 3 in terms of simplicity of operation, something which Tesla CEO Elon Musk called a "spaceship." The all-electric crossover, hence the name Crozz, is expected to net around 310 miles of range per charge—a number that Tesla promises with the long-range Model 3. Putting around 300 horsepower to all four wheels, the vehicle will reach 110 miles per hour with ease, though no official 0-60 time was mentioned in a press release so far.
It also appears that this update changes our time table for the I.D. family of Volkswagen cars. Based on this information, we should be able to expect the following:
- Volkswagen I.D. - Released in the European and United States markets sometime around 2020
- Volkswagen I.D. Crozz - Released in the Chinese, European, and United States markets after the I.D. sometime between 2020 and 2021
- Volkswagen I.D. Lounge - Released in the Chinese and United States markets sometime after 2021
- Volkswagen I.D. AEROe- Released in the Chinese and United States markets sometime between 2020 and 2021
- Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ - Not yet confirmed for production, if approved likely around 2025
Volkswagen hopes to sell around one million units of electric vehicles per year by 2025 across all brands, something that they believe the Crozz will play a large part in. Of course, this is likely due to American's wanting crossovers more than cars, so releasing an affordable long range electric crossover starts to make a lot of sense. If all goes well, the I.D. Lounge and I.D. AEROe will likely make their appearances soon after the Crozz, almost completing the full I.D. lineup.