On our journey to develop the future of Volkswagen, we design and launch several concept cars globally every year. Through these vehicles, we are able to demonstrate the possibilities of design, technology and performance that could one day become a reality.
The Frankfurt Motor Show 2017
Take a look into the future of driving. Discover some of the most exciting concept cars to date, including the I.D., I.D Buzz and I.D. Crozz, at one of the biggest auto shows in the world, the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Like the Beetle and Golf before it, the compact, fully networked I.D. marks the future of Volkswagen. Powered by a 125 kW (170 PS) electric motor and offering a range of up to 600 kilometres on a single charge, the I.D. is set to make zero-emission driving the new standard.
The stylish e-car is based on our new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) platform, where the battery sits underneath the floor of the car. This works in hand with the reduction in engine size. The final product is capable of offering interior comfort similar to a Passat, despite being approximately the size of a Golf. A future of personalised, connected and sustainable mobility is well and truly underway.
Introducing the first electrically driven Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV), the I.D. Crozz. The sporty, interactive, zero-emission, all-rounder has a range of up to 500 kilometres. Its high-performance battery is restored to 80% of its energy capacity within 30 minutes via an intelligent quick-charge system. The I.D. Crozz boasts a smooth, grille-free front end and innovative LED lights that combine to form an 'integrated spotlight', capable of moving and even communicating with other drivers when its on-demand autopilot system is engaged.
The I.D. Crozz offers as much interior space as the new 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, meaning a bicycle can easily fit crosswise through the sliding rear doors. As far as concept cars go, this one promises an exciting future for electric vehicles.
The I.D. Buzz is the world’s first multivariable electric van with a fully automated driving mode. Winner of the 2017 Drive Concept Car of the Year, the Buzz is a real space sensation, with room for up to eight seats and two luggage compartments. Its colourful design draws inspiration from the fun and flexibility of the original Microbus, yet one major difference, is its speed. The Buzz offers an impressive 369hp, estimated at an all-electric range of over 400 kilometres, courtesy of a 110 kW battery pack located under the seats. At a charging power of 150 kW, we envision that a Buzz could recharge 80 percent of its battery capacity in 30 minutes using wireless charging.
The steering wheel in the I.D. Buzz has also been completely revamped, featuring a touchpad and motion sensors instead of buttons and switches, offering control with nothing but hand gestures. An Augmented Reality display virtually projects information, such as navigation direction arrows, some 7 to 15 metres in front of the vehicle. This allows us to achieve a blend of futuristic technology in a design that echoes old-school magic.
Revealed in 2016 at the Beijing Motor Show, the T-Prime concept car previews the next era of connected SUV’s. Say goodbye to buttons, as the stylish T-Prime offers an appealing alternative in the form of touch-sensitive screens and voice and gesture controls.
Power comes from a new plug-in petrol-electric hybrid system similar to those already used in the Golf GTE and Passat GTE. It combines a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 185kW and 370Nm, with an electric motor producing 100kW and 350Nm. Altogether, providing a combined system output of 280kW and a sturdy 700Nm of torque to deliver a driving experience like no other.
The T‑Cross Breeze is a concept for the first open-top SUV in its class. Taking centre stage on our stand at the 86th Geneva Motor Show, this cheeky cabriolet stole hearts from all over the world. A colourful car that is entirely suitable for everyday use, the T‑Cross Breeze is equipped with an 81 kW/110 PS 1.0 litre TSI (turbo charged direct injection petrol engine), that teases a future of compact sport utility vehicles.