There's no steering wheel or controls because VW imagines it as a purely autonomous vehicle.
[Update, February 27] VW has published a very short video with its latest concept, which by the looks of it will feature a built-in hologram inside its futuristic cabin.
Volkswagen has released the first teaser for its latest electric vehicle concept. The I.D. Vizzion will premiere at the Geneva Motor Show as a stylish sedan with fully autonomous capability. Inside, there won't be a steering wheel or pedals. Instead, occupants will use voice and gesture controls to tell the vehicle where to go.
The company's teaser only shows a sketch of the Vizzion in profile. It features a rounded front end with a short overhang and skinny headlights that wrap around the nose. A flowing roof starts with a skinny A-pillar and leads to a thick C-pillar. There doesn't appear to be a B-pillar, which could provide the sedan quite a stylish look with the windows down.
VW sees the Vizzion as the premium sedan among its family of I.D. concepts, and this is also the largest of them. The model also packs cutting edge tech like what the company calls a "digital chauffeur." Occupants can talk to this artificial intelligence, and it can even learn an owner's preferences. The combination of size, luxury, and ease of use makes VW think this would be the perfect vehicle for folks that have problems driving – like the elderly.
The Vizzion packs a 111 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that powers an all-wheel-drive system with a pair of electric motors for a total output of 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts). The setup also allows for a total range of 413 miles (665 kilometers) and a top speed of 112 miles per hour (180 kilometers per hour).
The I.D. family of concepts (pictured together above) is VW's effort to show what its future EVs could look like. The existing models in the family include the standard I.D., which imagines a Golf-sized five-door hatchback, the I.D. Buzz, which is a retro revival of the Type 2 Transporter, and the I.D. Crozz crossover.
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Gallery: Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept Teaser
World premiere of the I.D. VIZZION in Geneva
Volkswagen shows the potential of its new range of I.D. models
I.D. VIZZION: the AUTO-mobile of the future – driving autonomously
I.D. VIZZION: innovative technology makes the car clean, safe and comfortable
I.D. VIZZION: futuristic interior and control concepts
The potential of I.D. Family models: from a compact Golf-class electric vehicle to a fully automated premium class saloon
Volkswagen electric vehicle campaign: 20 all-electric vehicles by 2025
Volkswagen concept car I.D. VIZZION
The I.D. VIZZION1 supports the Volkswagen claim for future individual mobility. Its electric drive system makes the car clean in road traffic, and its automatic driving control will make it safe and much more comfortable. At the same time, this innovative concept car at the Geneva International Motor Show demonstrates how elegant and emotional the design of a vehicle of the future can be. Inside the I.D. VIZZION, a completely new feeling of driving and living is created without a steering wheel or visible controls.
The largest model and innovative product campaign in the history of Volkswagen is entering its next stage. After presenting the first all-electric vehicles of the new I.D. Family models , the Volkswagen brand is now showing, for the first time, a concept of an autonomously driving automobile. Volkswagen is currently advancing the development of modern vehicles in all areas. The goal: to apply innovative technology to making the automobile cleaner, safer and much more convenient and comfortable. With these new qualities, the car will be able to further extend its significance and value for future mobility. Furthermore, use of this car will be made possible for customer groups who cannot drive today, e.g. because of their age.
The new I.D. VIZZION concept car is the fourth member of the Volkswagen I.D. Family. With its innovative technology, fully-automated operating concept and elegant form, the premium class saloon is showing the direction Volkswagen is taking in the technology and design of its future electric models.
Inside the I.D. VIZZION, engineers have systematically exploited the potentials of autonomous driving. The ‘digital chauffeur' with its many assistance systems assumes control of the vehicle – without a steering wheel or visible controls. For the ‘driver' and passengers this signifies a new dimension of safety and comfort. The concept car drives, steers and navigates autonomously in traffic, enabling passengers to freely structure their time during the drive. A virtual host, with which passengers communicate via voice and gesture control, knows the personal preferences of the vehicle guests – thanks to complete embedding into the digital eco-system – and it adapts to each of them individually.
The system power of the 5.11 metre long I.D. VIZZION is 225 kW. Its top speed is 180 km/h. The 111 kWh lithium-ion batteries enable a driving range of up to 665 kilometres when braking regeneration is factored in. Based on its intelligent management, the two electric motors cooperate with maximum efficiency and drive all four wheels of the saloon.
The I.D. VIZZION clearly demonstrates the great potential of the all-electric architecture from Volkswagen. It is the technological backbone of future Volkswagen electric vehicles, and it enables long driving ranges and maximum space utilisation at optimal costs. By 2025, the brand plans to introduce more than 20 electric vehicle models. Starting in 2020, the I.D.2 will launch as an electric car in the compact class; this will be followed, at short intervals, by a new electric SUV – the I.D. CROZZ3 – and the I.D. BUZZ4 which is a spacious saloon.