Volkswagen updates the ID Crozz, revealed at 2017 Frankfurt Motorshow

Volkswagen AG showed off a revised version of its electric ID Crozz crossover SUV concept vehicle [pictured above] as it announced a long-term electrification campaign, saying its brands would introduce 80 new electric vehicles by 2025.

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The I.D. CROZZ gets one electric motor at the front axle and one at the rear, and torque distribution is controlled via an "electric propshaft".

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It sits on a new platform VW has developed especially for its electric vehicle programme and at 15ft 2ins long is of similar proportion to the Tiguan Allspace.

"There's going to be a co-existence between combustion engines and electrified drive systems over the next 10 to 20 years, so against this background we should all be patient and relaxed and leave the decision to our customers, they should decide which concept they prefer", he told CNBC.

Volkswagen Brand board of management chairman Dr Herbert Diess said the company would invest in electric mobility "to make modern technology available to many people".

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They are all hoping to hit ambitious hybrid and all-electric vehicle sales targets with a flood of new models by the mid 2020s. The company is also looking into longer life auto batteries that could in the future offer a driving range of over 370 miles in one charge. "CROZZ, so that the large swinging and sliding doors can be opened wide, and it is even possible to transport a crossbike without any trouble". Müller also said VW plans to bring solid-state batteries with 600-mile (1000km) range to market by 2030.

Adding urgency to the push for electric cars, China over the weekend became the latest country to announce intentions to phase-out fossil-fuel powered vehicles, following the lead of the United Kingdom and France, which have outlined bans on combustion-engine models by 2040. For the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, that concept has been updated with more production ready styling.

Although CROZZ II sports revised front and rear fascias with a bevy of LED lights up front, plus a new paint job-Hibiscus Red Metallic-and new 21-inch wheels, the most significant innovation is the promise of autonomous drivability-I.D.

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The T-Roc is the first major launch in a brand offensive that will see Volkswagen renew its model range over the next three years.

  • Kelly Blake